Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh talks about taking a playoff approach into the final two regular-season games.
Ann Arbor – Michigan's defensive line has endured a number of injuries, most recently to nose tackle Ryan Glasgow, who will miss the rest of the season, but coach Jim Harbaugh takes exception to anyone describing the group as the walking wounded.
The Wolverines (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) have two regular-season games remaining, beginning with Saturday's game at Penn State, their second consecutive road game, before finishing at home against Ohio State.
Their defensive line has been hard hit this season, with the losses to injury of Bryan Mone, Mario Ojemudia and Glasgow. And while Michigan escaped Indiana with a double-overtime victory, it was clear the defense was gassed and showing signs of wear and tear against the high-tempo offense.
"No one's walking around beat up," Harbaugh said Monday at his weekly news conference when asked about the health of his team late in the season. "Nobody's beat up that I know of. You know something I don't know? We've got a bounce in our step, we're ready to go."
When asked if practices will change to account for the injuries, Harbaugh approached the response similarly.
"The student-athletes have a bounce in their step, and they're ready to attack the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind," he said.
Mone, who suffered a broken leg in preseason camp, had a "good chance" of missing the entire season, Harbaugh said at the time. But on Monday he left open the door for his return.
"It's possible," Harbaugh.
Tailback Derrick Green didn’t travel to Indiana last Saturday and is “working through something” from the Rutgers game. Harbaugh said “we’ll see” when asked if it’s a long-term injury.
Long snapper Scott Sypniewski was sick with the flu last week and did not travel with the team to Bloomington for the Indiana game because, Harbaugh said, he was “contagious.”
So Sypniewski’s father drove him to the game, and he played. Of course, there is little discussion about the long snapper unless something goes wrong, and there was a bad snap on Kenny Allen’s missed field goal against the Hoosiers.
Although Ryan Glasgow suffered a season-ending pectoral muscle injury in the Rutgers game, his older brother Graham said his video game-playing is still strong. Ryan Glasgow had his left arm in a sling last week.
“Ryan’s doing fine. Playing a lot of Halo 5,” Graham Glasgow said. “We play a lot together. He’s doing fine. I tell him he had a great season. He’s going to come back next season stronger and better. There’s no effect on his Halo play.”