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Michigan may be without Michael Shaw on Saturday

Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:10 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 1:12 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

We know for a fact that Denard Robinson will be terrorizing the Indiana defense this Saturday as his knee has healed and he's ready to set the Earth on fire once more.  Which is very good news for Michigan because Robinson may be the only running back the team has by the time Saturday rolls around.

While most of the attention during Michigan's win against Bowling Green last week was paid to Robinson's knee, he wasn't the only member of the Wolverines backfield to get dinged up.  The team's second-leading rusher Michael Shaw hurt his knee too, and Fitz Toussaint -- who missed the first three games with a knee injury -- hurt his shoulder.

Neither player practiced on Wednesday and Rich Rodriguez isn't sure whether they'll be available to play on Saturday.

"They're kind of day-to-day, and their status is probably doubtful for Saturday," he said. "We'll see how they progress the next couple of days."

With Shaw and Toussaint doubtful, Rodriguez said the Wolverines will go to Vincent Smith, Mike Cox, Stephen Hopkins and Teric Jones.

"They'll be ready to go," Rodriguez said. "They took all the reps yesterday and did a nice job."

All of which means that Denard Robinson is going to have to step up his productivity.  Instead of supplying Michigan with merely 95% of their offensive output, he's going to have to provide 99.99%.  If he wants to take over as placekicker or return kicks as well, even better.

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