Harbaugh confirms Speight injury details, not timeline
Written by Matt Pargoff   


Prior to the Wolverines’ meeting with Michigan State on Saturday, ABC play-by-play man Chris Fowler lobbed a small bombshell, stating that Wilton Speight had three fractured vertebrae in his spine and that he would probably miss the remainder of the season. At his Monday press conference, Jim Harbaugh confirmed the nature of the injury, but would not concede that it was season ending.

“Multiple weeks,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know that he’ll be out for the year.”

That statement doesn’t rule out that Speight will miss the rest of the season, but leaves open the possibility of a return. Speight was injured in the Big Ten opener at Purdue on Sept. 23 when a defensive lineman Eddy Wilson crashed down on the back of his head and neck after the quarterback had already been taken down.

Harbaugh objected to the hit as “egregious” during the bye week, while Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm later responded that he did not see it as a play that warranted a penalty.

Speight was on the field prior to the Wolverines’ home game against Michigan State on Saturday and was not wearing any sort of brace. Harbaugh confirmed though the nature of the injury, stating “there’s some cracks in there.”

Michigan has turned to backup quarterback John O’Korn with Speight out, and Harbaugh stated at his Monday press conference that O’Korn remains the planned starter.


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