Harbaugh: Discipline speculation about Lewis was off-base
Ann Arbor – Michigan defensive linemen Taco Charlton and Bryan Mone are not expected to play Saturday in the Wolverines’ second game of the season.
Charlton left the season opener with an ankle injury, and Mone suffered an undisclosed injury.
“I don’t think either one will be available,” Harbaugh said Monday at his weekly news conference, adding he does not know how long both will be out.
Harbaugh reiterated he made the decision to hold out senior All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis from playing in the opener. He said Lewis has been working through a nagging injury.
He then took the opportunity to swipe at ESPN analyst Ed Cunningham. During the ESPN broadcast last Saturday, Cunningham suggested Lewis might not be playing for disciplinary reasons.
“Ed Cunningham got way out over his skis,” Harbaugh said.
Freshman running back Kareem Walker did not dress for the game against Hawaii as he addresses his academics.
“He’s working through some things academically,” Harbaugh said. “Less football and giving him the ability to concentrate on academics (the) next weeks.”
Linebacker Noah Furbush and running back Drake Johnson also did not dress for the opener. Harbaugh said he’s waiting to see how they progress from apparent injuries. He said Johnson may be working longer through his issue. Also, offensive guard Ben Braden, who missed the opener while working through an injury, likely will be available on Saturday.
Mone sat out last year while recovering from a broken ankle suffered in preseason camp. Defensive line teammate Ryan Glasgow said Mone told him he was feeling better.
“I know he’s worked so hard to get back from last year,” Glasgow said. “Seeing that happen, it did make my heart sink a little bit.
“I knew it wasn’t too serious at all because he threw his knee brace on and got back out there. So season-ender wasn’t running through my mind at all. He threw his knee brace on his left knee, went in a series. He decided it probably wouldn’t be smart to finish the game. I thought that was smart. No need to bust your knee up when we’re up 40 points.”