ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After weeks of speculation, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed sophomore Bryan Mone will be out indefinitely after breaking a bone in his lower leg, on what he calls a “freak play.”
Mone, who enrolled early as freshman in 2014, was expected to be force at defensive tackle this season. He also added needed necessary size – 6-foot-4, 325-pounds --- to Michigan’s defensive front. But now U-M must move on as it prepares for Utah on Sept. 3 next week.
“Brian will a long term one,” Harbaugh said of Mone’s injury. “He’ll be out of this ball game. And a good chance for the rest of the season.”
How did Mone hurt himself exactly? Well, Harbaugh explained that happened on a field goal block attempt -- gone wrong.
“He broke a bone in his lower leg. A freak play. I have never seen it before in a practice or a game,” Harbaugh said. “He went to block a field goal attempt and the ball came on the defensive side of the ball, which shouldn’t be returned, that ball.”
Then a Wolverine defender scooped the ball for a return, and Mone was the lead blocker, Harbaugh says.
“Unfortunately, one of our players picked it up and ran around the edge and Brian was trying to lead block for him,” Harbaugh said. “He got pretty tangled up. And then when Brian went to the ground on an inopportune angle – unfortunately a bone broke.”
If Mone is lost for the season, which seems highly likely, he will be able to redshirt and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining at Michigan.