Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, linebacker Josh Ross 'doubtful' vs. Iowa

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — It does not appear Michigan backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey will be ready to play on Saturday.

Michigan linebacker Josh Ross is doubtful for Saturday's game against Iowa, head coach Jim Harbaugh said. Ross is dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

McCaffrey suffered a concussion in the Wisconsin game on Sept. 21 and was held out of last week’s game against Rutgers.

“It’s possible Dylan, everything goes really well, could possibly be practicing this week,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday at his weekly news conference. “I’d say doubtful for game.”

Joe Milton, who had a passing and rushing touchdown against Rutgers, will be the backup to starting quarterback Shea Patterson again on Saturday when Michigan plays Iowa at Michigan Stadium.

Josh Ross suffered a high-ankle sprain in the Wisconsin game, Harbaugh said last Monday on his radio show, and was in a boot on the sideline for the Rutgers game.

“Probably doubtful this week,” Harbaugh said of Ross.

Tight end Sean McKeon missed the Rutgers game after suffering an injury on a touchdown reception late in the Wisconsin game, and Harbaugh said his rehab his coming along faster than originally expected, however he didn’t offer a timeline on his return.

In Ross’ absence, Cam McGrone got the start at middle linebacker.

“I think Kwity Paye, if you had to single out one person on the defense to give a game ball to, it would be Kwity Paye,” Harbaugh said. “If there was an honorable mention category or a second game ball that would be given out, it would be Cam McGrone. He took another step in everything, physical play, eye discipline, tackling, pressure on the quarterback, blitz patterns were really good, speed keeps showing up.”

Harbaugh said Patterson and receiver Nico Collins were limited in practice last week, but had very good production against Rutgers. Patterson had X-rays after the Wisconsin game that were negative, but he and McCaffrey took several hard hits. Collins struggled with strep throat, Harbaugh said, and missed a few days of practice. Donovan Peoples-Jones is inching closer and closer to being 100 percent healthy.

“I thought Shea Patterson had a great game,” Harbaugh said. “Threw the ball effectively, seeing the field great, dynamic out of the pocket, scoring touchdowns. He was a little bit limited during the week. Didn’t show any signs of that when he played in the game. Great game for him.”

Patterson accounted for four touchdowns, including three rushing.

Running back Tru Wilson also returned after breaking his right hand during the season opener.

“Other than the little padding I had in my hand, I felt pretty good,” Wilson said Monday. “Just held the ball in my left hand as much as I could.”

He said he didn’t miss any practices after the injury. When asked about whether he was experiencing discomfort playing with the broken hand in the Rutgers game, Wilson shrugged.

“I played, so I was good enough,” he said.


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