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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reiterated Thursday during his weekly radio appearance that veteran defensive players Jourdan Lewis and Taco Charlton could play on Saturday.

The fourth-ranked Wolverines (3-0) open Big Ten play against Penn State on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Lewis, an All-American cornerback, has yet to play this season because of a nagging back issue that has contributed to problems with his hamstrings and quads, and Charlton had an ankle injury in the season opener.

Harbaugh suggested Monday during his weekly news conference that both could play against the Nittany Lions and sounded hopeful Thursday morning on his weekly 97.1 FM appearance on the “Jamie and Stoney Show.”

“God willing and the creek don’t rise, we’ll get Jourdan back, get Taco back,” Harbaugh told the show, adding that linebacker Noah Furbush, also out, has been practicing. “All goes well, they’ll be playing. You like to see how they feel the next day, what kind of soreness they have or how it is a day after the practice. We don’t know that. We’re hopeful.”

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