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Posted on Sat, Apr 14, 2012 : 4:18 p.m.

Desmond Morgan, Jerald Robinson among injured players in Michigan football spring game

By Nick Baumgardner


Michigan sophomore linebacker Desmond Morgan looks on suffering an injury during the spring game at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

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It took one series Saturday for the injury bug to strike the Michigan football team.

Sophomore linebacker Desmond Morgan limped off the field following the first possession of the club's controlled scrimmage portion of the annual spring game at Michigan Stadium.

Morgan spent the remainder of the afternoon on the bench, with his right leg propped up.

"He got hit," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said, declining to go into further detail of the injury.


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The 6-foot-1, 220-pound sophomore made 63 tackles in 12 games last season, including seven starts.

Despite playing without one of its top linebackers for most of the afternoon, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said the injury allowed more time for true freshmen Kaleb Ringer and Joe Bolden, something that isn't all bad in the end.

Ringer and Bolden are early enrollees. The rest of their 2012 recruiting class will arrive on campus this summer.

"We're going to be a defense where if you lose one or two guys, at this point, before the freshmen get here, you're going to fall off a little bit," Mattison said. "I think that's what happened when Dez was out of there. I mean, that's a key guy for us, but it's forced us to put a younger 'backer, where you know we need a lot of help, under the microscope, and when we watch his tape, we're going to know exactly how he did."

Morgan wasn't the only player to end Saturday with an injury, though, as sophomore receiver Jerald Robinson suffered an ankle sprain midway through the afternoon.

Robinson's injury was not believed to be anything serious, however.

"I'm good just a lil tweak," Robinson tweeted after the game.

Senior inside linebacker Kenny Demens was active Saturday despite being restricted by a cast on his left hand.

Demens -- who also fought through a concussion earlier this spring -- said he suffered a "sprain" to his left thumb earlier in spring, but isn't overly concerned about it.

"It's a thumb (injury), it's not too big of a deal, just a sprained thumb," he said. "Hopefully hopefully I can take (the cast) off when I leave here (today)."

Mattison also said that linebackers Mike Jones (hamstring) and Brandin Hawthorne (elbow) also fought through injuries this spring.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Tue, Apr 17, 2012 : 8:52 a.m.

In that picture, Morgans Left Knee looks like it has a fresh surgery scar on it. Did he have some work done over the winter?

Steve McQueen

Sun, Apr 15, 2012 : 11:15 a.m.

Man I hope Morgan is OK.


Sun, Apr 15, 2012 : 5:03 a.m.

That's what happens when a coach knows how to recruit, unlike the previous guy....we all know who that was. Good luck Arizona, let me know how it works out for you.


Sun, Apr 15, 2012 : 3:27 a.m.

Funny how that linebacker position went from an area of huge concern a year or so ago to one of the strongest and deepest positions on the team.

Scott Laux

Sun, Apr 15, 2012 : 2:16 a.m.

Morgan and Demens are both great players. I hope we are as fortunate with injuries this year as last.

Matt Patercsak

Sat, Apr 14, 2012 : 9:57 p.m.

I hope morgan is ok, i saw the hit. Fitz put a good lick on him. It seemed more like a bad charlie horse