Now we have an update as Michigan has named Corum a “potential” to play in the game, according to multiple reports on Saturday.
It’s hard to get a precise definition of these injury designations, but in a broad sense, classifying them as probable is one step better than being considered suspect, and more optimistic than being considered suspect.
Corum gave some generally positive news about his condition during the week, saying his knee was “fine,” but the player was clearly hit hard and felt less than 100 percent injury free.
Blake Corum injury update
Corum left last Saturday’s game against Illinois with a knee injury after experiencing pain in a rush attempt.
With less than two minutes left in the second quarter, Corum ran right onto a carry bag and touchdown after being hit by an apparent touchdown on his left knee.
Moments after falling to the turf, Corum grabbed his left knee and appeared to be in severe pain as Michigan coaches assessed his injury.
Corum was able to get up from the grass under his own power and walk alone toward the sideline, but he walked with a noticeable limp and was directed straight into the Michigan locker room with the coaches walking beside him.
Corum returned to the field at the end of the first half period, ran out of the locker room and participated in the team’s warm-ups, ran through drills with his other back, was slightly limping while walking and had some obvious discomfort when practicing his cuts.
An initial X-ray of Corum’s knee showed no serious damage and he was available to play in the second half last week, but not for long, as he took two runs before Michigan pulled him out from the reserves.
The result is crucial for Michigan
Corum is the number one running back in college football this season and a Heisman Trophy contender.
He leads Michigan with 1,457 rushing yards while averaging 5.9 yards per carry and has 18 of the Wolverines’ 32 rushing touchdowns. He ran for over 100 yards in eight consecutive games.
His presence has been key to Michigan’s offensive dominance this season and any potential limitations would sever the team’s production.
Running No. 2 Donovan Edwards also didn’t play last week for undisclosed reasons. He is second on the team rushing 471 yards for a 6.7 yards per carry average and four touchdowns on the season.
CJ Stokes is third with 268 yards and an average of 5.1 ypc while posting one touchdown on the season and should be the primary option if Corum and Edwards are unavailable for any length of time.
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