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UM's Chris Evans appears to be fine after hit to head

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan running back Chris Evans was injured in the first quarter after taking a hit to the head.

Ann Arbor — Freshman tailback Chris Evans apparently is fine after taking a hit to the helmet early in the Wolverines’ game against Illinois.

Evans eventually walked off the field with athletic trainers and medical personnel, but he was taken to the locker room for examination, presumably as part of the concussion protocol, after the hit.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh sounded positive when discussing Evans after the game but did not offer specifics with regard to the injury.

“Saw him at halftime. He’s doing well,” Harbaugh said.  I think he got hit and went out there for a little bit. Some of the experts say that’s a good thing when that happens. The brain resets. I hope I’m saying that right. It’s what I’m hearing from the doctors. He seemed to be in a good place relatively quickly by halftime.”

Perry absent

Receiver Grant Perry, who has six catches this season for 114 yards and a touchdown, did not dress for the game against the Illini for disciplinary reasons, Harbaugh said.

“He’s working through something (along with) a few other guys,” Harbaugh said, adding it was not because of injury but a discipline issue.


Aaron honorary captain

Baseball great Hank Aaron, whose granddaughter is a Michigan student, was the honorary captain on Saturday. He also spoke to the players Friday night.

“He’s such a great man, such a gentleman,” Harbaugh said. “You know when you’re around greatness. He’s one of the all-time greats. Was really honored to share a sideline with Hank Aaron.”



New specs

Harbaugh found out two weeks ago he needed to get glasses.

“As of Tuesday I’m now full-time glasses person,” he said.

He made a bold choice in frames and said he is paying homage to three men.

“This style in particular is a tip of the cap, a nod to Woody Hayes, to Michael Douglas in the movie ‘Falling Down,’ and also a tip of the cap to Malcolm X. In honor of those three men.”

angelique.chengelis@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @chengelis