Harbaugh Updates Johnson, Other Injuries

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh updates the injures as U-M prepares for Oregon State this Saturday.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Running back Drake Johnson still hasn’t been given the green light to play this season, says Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh today at his weekly press conference.

Johnson, who tore his ACL at Ohio State last season, made the trip to Utah on Thursday but didn’t participate despite being fully dressed during warm-ups. However, he may be made available this week against Oregon State, according to Harbaugh, who says he’s “cautiously” optimistic Johnson will play.

“We’re going to evaluate that as the week goes on,” Harbaugh said of Johnson’s injury. “Drake is in really good communication with the doctors – and they have really good communication with him. Cautiously feeling pretty good where we are at right now, and we’ll see happens during the week.”

Wilson losing his breathe

Starting senior safety Jarrod Wilson told Harbaugh he had trouble breathing in the mountain air at Utah on Thursday.

“Jarrod I believe is fine,” Harbaugh said of Wilson. “He didn’t have anything in the game. He was having a hard time breathing he said. So, we’ll do a few more pushups, boost his immune system – hopefully – and get in a little better shape.” (He said jokingly.)

Wilson still finished with six tackles at the backend of the defense.

Canteen is practicing

Sophomore defensive back Freddy Canteen is back at practice, but still no word was given on whether he’ll play this Saturday.

“Freddy, he was back practicing (Sunday),” Harbaugh said. “And we’ll evaluate that, he’s working through something right now. But he’s getting closer and closer.”

Michigan (0-1) plays host to Oregon State at noon ET on Sept. 12.

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