Neither Ohio State Football nor Michigan are likely to be at full strength Saturday afternoon for the final game of the 2022 regular season.
Both the Buckeyes and Wolverines have been dealing with injuries to a few key pieces that could play a role in which team emerges as the undefeated winners of the Big Ten East and travels to Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship game.
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Ahead of Saturday’s injury report, here’s which players are navigating injuries for the Wolverines and Buckeyes.
Michigan: ‘no update’ on Donovan Edwards, Blake Corum
Michigan’s running game was already short-handed going into his last home game against Illinois.
Sophomore running back Donovan Edwards was unavailable with an undisclosed injury and was not in uniform on the sidelines during the Wolverines’ 19-17 win over the Fighting Illini.
Michigan was also without guard Trevor Keegan and special teams specialist AJ Henning on Saturday. While tight end Luke Schoonmaker and defensive end Mike Morris continue to hobble through injuries.
Then, after rushing for 108 yards in the first half against Illinois, running back Blake Corum left the game with an apparent knee injury, a coach Jim Harbaugh remained silent in his press conference leading up to the Ohio State Game.
Harbaugh said if Corum or Edwards can’t practice leading up to the Ohio State game, they won’t play.
However, offensive tackle Ryan Hayes implied the Wolverines could be in Columbus without Corum.
“I think in a game like this for us, winning the line of scrimmage, winning rushing totals is always a big factor in the game,” Hayes said. “(Corum) is a great player but I think everyone else will just step up with him and I think we’re up for the challenge.”
Ohio State: Could the Buckeyes’ running back room be healthy?
While all eyes are on the health of Michigan’s run game, Ohio State is still working to get its running backs healthy for the Wolverines.
Running back Miyan Williams has not played since Ohio State’s 56-14 win over Indiana, leaving the game and returning to the touchline with a hiking boot on his right foot and crutches.
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TreVeyon Henderson made his first return since the Buckeyes’ Penn State win over Maryland, but recorded just 19 yards on 11 carries as well as a 31-yard touchdown reception. But the second running back was later spotted on the sidelines with a hiking boot on his left foot.
Along with Chip Trayanum, who was battling an undisclosed injury, Dallan Hayden carried much of the burden in Ohio State’s running game, recording 248 rushing yards and four touchdowns against Indiana and Maryland.
Coach Ryan Day said on his 97.1 FM radio show Wednesday that the Ohio State running backs had a “good day of practice” the previous day and expressed optimism about their recovery.
“I’m really looking forward to getting some guys back in this space,” Day said.
Running back may not be the only position affected by injuries for Ohio State.
With just over three minutes to go against Maryland, Matthew Jones was carted into the dressing room after Hayden was tackled in the right guard’s legs and seen with crutches after the win.
Ohio State is also without wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who has not played since the Iowa game with a hamstring injury.
According to Maada Smith-Njigba, Jaxon’s father, the Michigan game is the best scenario for the wide receiver’s return.
“The next time Jaxon is in scarlet and gray, he’ll be 110%,” said Maada Smith-Njigba. “I don’t know if that will be against the team up north or against the Fiesta Bowl (the most likely venue for Ohio State’s college football playoff semifinals).
“I really have a feeling he’ll be ready anytime between the North team and the Fiesta Bowl.”
Ohio State football schedule 2022
- 3 Sept:State of Ohio 21, Notre Dame 10
- September 10:Ohio State 45, Arkansas State 12
- 17 Sep:State of Ohio 77, Toledo 21
- 24 Sept:State of Ohio 52, Wisconsin 21
- 1 Oct: State of Ohio 49, Rutgers 10
- 8 Oct:State of Ohio 49, State of Michigan 20
- 22 Oct: State of Ohio 54, Iowa 10
- 29 Oct:Ohio State 44, Penn State 31
- 5 Nov: State of Ohio 21, Northwest 7
- November 12th: State of Ohio 56, Indiana 14
- November 19: State of Ohio 43, Maryland 30
- November 26: Ohio State vs. Michigan, Columbus, Ohio, noon, FOX
Michigan football schedule 2022
- 3 Sept: Michigan 51, Colorado 7
- September 10: Michigan 56, Hawaii 10
- 17 Sep: Michigan 59, UConn 0
- 24 Sept: Michigan 34, Maryland 27
- 1 Oct: Michigan 27, Iowa 14
- 8 Oct: Michigan 31, Indiana 10
- 15 Oct: Michigan 41, Pennsylvania 17
- 29 Oct: Michigan 29, Michigan State 7
- 5 Nov: Michigan 52, Rutgers 17
- November 12th: Michigan 34, Nebraska 3
- November 19: Michigan 19, Illinois 17
- November 26: Michigan vs. Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, noon