Michigan's Dylan McCaffrey, Sean McKeon 'doubtful' for game vs. Rutgers

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor – Backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, who suffered a concussion in the Wisconsin game last Saturday, is “doubtful” for the upcoming game against Rutgers.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday at his weekly news conference that McCaffrey, who took a big hit from Reggie Pearson late in the third quarter, walked off under his own power after being tended to be team medical personnel. Pearson was ejected for targeting. Harbaugh said McCaffrey is improving, but likely would not play.

Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey throws a pass in the third quarter.

Tight end Sean McKeon was injured on his 6-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter of the 35-14 loss at Wisconsin. Harbaugh said he is also “doubtful” for the Rutgers game.

Running back Tru Wilson has missed the last two games and could return. He is a very important player in pass protection.

“It’s possible to get Tru back,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see."

Harbaugh also said freshman running back Zach Charbonnet is set to go against Rutgers. Charbonnet had 33 carries vs. Army but just two vs. Wisconsin, leading to speculation that he was injured.

"Feel like Zach’s in a good place," Harbaugh said Monday. "He was back last week, he’s back this week.”

Starting quarterback Shea Patterson was being evaluated at halftime, Harbaugh said, and McCaffrey started the second half. Patterson returned after McCaffrey suffered the concussion. Both quarterbacks took significant hits throughout the game. Patterson, who suffered an oblique injury the first play of the season, appeared to grab at his right shoulder a few times late in the Wisconsin game after taking hits. Harbaugh said Patterson is “probable.”

“That’s another area -- we have got to do a better job of protecting the quarterback,” Harbaugh said. “Shea’s a tough guy, but we’ve got to give him time to throw and make reads, do what he’s capable of doing. He’s a very good player.”