Michigan's Grant Perry talks about the injury to fellow receiver Tarik Black. Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News
Ann Arbor – Michigan receiver Tarik Black suffered a fracture in his right foot and will be out a considerable amount of time.
“He’ll be out for some weeks,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. “He has a right foot injury.”
The Wolverines open the season at Notre Dame on Saturday without one of their top receivers. Black broke his left foot early last season when he was leading the team in receiving.
Harbaugh said the fracture is a “similar injury” to last year’s that held him out the remainder of the season. Black suffered the most recent injury last Saturday during practice.
The Wolverines will rely on receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins, Grant Perry and Oliver Martin. They said they have responded well to Jim McElwain, formerly Florida’s head coach who has been coaching the receivers at Michigan this year.
For Black, this is an enormous setback. Last week he told reporters he was fully healthy and ready for his return after recovering from a broken left foot that required surgery.
Harbaugh said the injury is still being evaluated to determine if surgery is required this time.
While leading the team in receiving last year as a freshman, Black broke his foot in the Air Force game. Through three games, he had 149 yards on 11 receptions and was clearly the most promising of the receivers. He also had a touchdown.
Black practiced this spring and said he could have played in the bowl game on New Year’s Day but admitted he would not have been at top form.
He told reporters last week he was confident heading into the upcoming season. Black said he was granted a medical redshirt after the injury suffered last fall.
“That was tough for me,” Black said last week. “I think I got off to a good start and thought we got off to a good start. I wanted to be out there to help my team and help my team win. I couldn’t do that. That beat me up a little bit.”