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Posted on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 7:22 p.m.

Michigan receiver Junior Hemingway 'doubtful' for Notre Dame

By Dave Birkett

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said on his radio show Thursday that receiver Junior Hemingway is "doubtful" for Saturday's showdown with No. 18 Notre Dame because of a sprained ankle.

Hemingway had a career game in last week's season-opening win over Western Michigan, catching five passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

"He's a big big-play guy for us, so we're hoping he can come back," Rodriguez said. "I don't know if he'll be ready this game. If not, hopefully the next game."

Rodriguez said running back Brandon Minor should be available against the Irish after sitting out the opener.

"I don't know if he's 100 percent," Rodriguez said. "We'll see how he is in pre-game warm-up. If he's not limping around in pre-game we're going to play him."

On Michigan's official injury report, Hemingway is listed as questionable and Minor probable.

Michigan also announced its game captains for Saturday: linebacker Stevie Brown, running back Kevin Grady, offensive lineman David Moosman and defensive end Tim North.


Dave Birkett

Fri, Sep 11, 2009 : 5:17 p.m.

Rich said today in video posted on Michigan's official website that Hemingway is "very doubtful." Doesn't sound like he'll play. He was much more optimistic about Minor, though he said he didn't know how much Minor will be able to play.

market gunner

Fri, Sep 11, 2009 : 4:12 p.m.

it looked more like a foot injury when it happened. he did however look extremely dissapointed when he looked over at the bench.


Fri, Sep 11, 2009 : 11:17 a.m.

The possible loss of Hemingway does hurt. However I still think Michigan shows the world Notre Dame is overrated and Michigan is Underrated. Come this Saturday the overall speed of Michigan wears Notre Dame down this might be won in the 4th q and my bet is Michigan will still be sharp and have just enough to finish em off


Fri, Sep 11, 2009 : 7:13 a.m.

While this news is not good, I expect we'll run a lot just to keep the ball away from Clausen, Tate and Floyd. I believe the ex-blind kid, Roundtree, was discussed by the coaches as having Wide Receiver skills. Then Matthews is good, and theres Odoms, Stonum, etc. Not to mention Kevin Koger... Hopefully Junior can play, but we'll be OK. There are guys to step up there. Glad Boubacar is not on the list. That would have been a much bigger loss. Go Blue, Beat the Irish!


Fri, Sep 11, 2009 : 4:01 a.m.

irish fans, im sorry to say, your ship sailed when you guys bumbled the urban meyer deal. also, for the life of me i can't understand the people who think RICHROD needs this game more than weiss. if weiss doesn't go 10-2 and win a BCS game he is more than likely done at n.d.


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 10:39 p.m.

I would love to have Hemingway in the game, but as some have already said, WR is a deep position for Michigan. If Stonum plays, I'm sure he'll be fine. Matthews is dependable and Grady looks good in the slot, not to mention Koger at TE. Throw in our QB's and RB's, I think our offense will be okay. Now we just have to play some awesome D to try and put the clamps on Clauson and Co.


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 10:01 p.m.

Michigan is going to get beat..Big Time! Don't be dismayed though you guys are takes time. But, NOW it's our time...GO IRISH!


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 9:37 p.m.

After reading my thought was the very same as Kubrick66: NOT GOOD.

Dave Birkett

Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 9:36 p.m.

Boubacar was not listed on the official injury report. He came out wearing a green jersey to practice Wednesday, but ended up in blue. Should be good to go. If Hemingway can't go, Stonum probably gets the start on the outside opposite Mathews.


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 8:56 p.m.

If he cant go it is a loss a of a big receiver with speed that creates matchup problems. I do think it is a position of strength on this team though. Mathews will have to step up and get some production out of Stonum and frosh Stokes both guys that bring more speed than Mathews. Its the position not the player that needs to produce and maybe with a bit pressure and expectations Stonum will step up.


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 8:44 p.m.

yeah AA and we are a three point underdog to a team that went 3-9 in 2007. This sux.


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 8:41 p.m.

Agreed '73. We have fallen a long way. The good news is that we are Michigan so we have a long way to go to get up again.


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 8:29 p.m.

we'll be ok. lets not overplay it. moore put an article up Monday saying this game has 'national significance'. Back it down. This is a team that was 3-9 last year playing a team that was 3-9 the year before. lets put things in perspective and just win a game for a change.


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 8:23 p.m.

IS Cissoko good to go?


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 8:07 p.m.

I have a solution...


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 7:53 p.m.

What?! Where did this come from? Have not heard a peep about him being injured. Can we line D Rod up in his place and just have him go deep on every play?


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 7:42 p.m.

I can't believe he's really hurt that bad... Any chance Rich is making it sound worse than it really is?


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 7:20 p.m.

Aw Crap, Rich just can't get a break.

Greg Dooley

Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 6:56 p.m.

Hmm...official report says Questionable (50%) for Hemingway. He had a slight limp at Monday's presser but that might of been him just walking cool. He told the media after the game Saturday that he could have played at the end of the game. Hoping we'll see him out there of course


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 6:48 p.m.

Who's practicing in his place?


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 : 6:41 p.m.

Not good.