Donovan Jeter out for season, other injury notes
Written by Matt Pargoff   

It’s unclear how significant a role Donovan Jeter would have played this year given Michigan’s depth up front, but it’s now known that the true freshman will redshirt as a result of an injury suffered in practice. Head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed the news at his Monday press conference, but did not provide specifics on the type of injury.

“Donovan Jeter has had a surgery and he’s going to be out for the year,” Harbaugh noted. “

Jeter enrolled in January to get a jump on learning the scheme and advancing academically, working primarily at the strong side defensive end spot in the spring. That’s a position where the Wolverines are already solid with Rashan Gary and Carlo Kemp both seeing action, though Jeter was also in the process of learning defensive tackle as a secondary position to provide more depth.

While Michigan will be without one of its freshmen defensive ends for the fall, another should be back sooner. Luiji Vilain had his coaches excited in the summer, but has been slowed by injuries. Unlike Jeter, he may still have a chance to play this fall.

“Hopefully back at some point,” Harbaugh said of Vilain. “Not a long-term [injury].”

Harbaugh expressed his desire to not go into great detail on every player that doesn’t dress for a game, but did acknowledge that sophomore running back Kareem Walker (knee) and freshmen receiver Oliver Martin (upper extremities) were both working through injuries.

One area on the injury front where there was good news on Monday was with junior offensive tackle Grant Newsome, who started five games last season before suffering a severe knee injury against Wisconsin. He missed the remained of the season, and was not expected to go through contact drills this fall, but could see some work on the practice field before the end of the year.

“He’s continuing to get better,” Harbaugh noted. “He’s running and working out every day. He’s also coaching. He’s a student-coach right now, which is valuable. He’s a “Go Blue” guy all the way and progressing nicely. Hopefully, in the best case scenario, he could be back practicing for the bowl game in December.”


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