Injuries pile up for Michigan's ailing D-line
Ann Arbor — Michigan’s defensive line got thinner as Saturday's game against Maryland went on.
Injuries are racking up and with a tough three-game stretch beginning with Wisconsin at home next weekend, the Wolverines will need to get these players back, especially starting defensive end Rashan Gary.
Gary was held out of the game by coach Jim Harbaugh because of a lingering issue with his right shoulder. Kwity Paye started in Gary's place in the 42-21 victory over Maryland at Michigan Stadium.
“I decided not to play him this week,” Harbaugh said of Gary. “We’ll see where he’s at as the week goes on. It’s not a long-term thing. He’s had an AC (joint) he’s been playing through.”
Gary was on the sideline actively participating in position group meetings and coaching his teammates.
Late in the first half, however, defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour had to be taken off the field on a cart. His teammates gathered around him and the defensive players gave him encouraging pats on his helmet before heading for evaluation. It appeared to be an issue with his right lower leg.
“Michael we’ll see, still evaluating what he has,” Harbaugh said.
Defensive tackle Carlo Kemp also limped off the field with about five minutes left in the game.
“Carlo same. Still evaluating,” Harbaugh said.
Michigan has been without defensive lineman Aubrey Solomon since the start of the season. Solomon had hinted on social media he had a knee procedure.
“He had a good week last week and see how close he is this week,” Harbaugh said.
Running back Chris Evans went through warm-ups before the Maryland game, but he stood on the sideline in street clothes. Evans has missed three straight games after suffering a leg injury late in the SMU game.
“Chris practiced two days this week and ultimately thought it best not to suit him up,” Harbaugh said.