Rashan Gary’s mother issues statement on son’s health
Written by Matt Pargoff   

Michigan junior defensive end Rashan Gary isn’t finished yet. At least, that’s what his mother wants people to know among the myriad of rumors and speculation that exists on the internet. Jennifer Coney-Shepherd discussed her son’s status in a post on Facebook Wednesday morning.

“Rashan & I appreciate your support,” she posted in the statement. “He got hurt a week b4 the Notre Dame game. However, he decided that he could play through it & rehab during the week. However, at UM its all or nothing and daily practice is just like a game..so he never had the chance to rest..then the last game he played he fell on it and the pain was unbearable. After MRI & CT Scan he was told that if he DID NOT rest, treatment, rehab and continued to play (4 to 6 weeks). The next time he may need surgery.

“So…he followed medical direction, and he’s feeling so much better. To play before that time would be detrimental to himself & a disservice to his team mates. So why would people say he’s quitting football because he has to heal?”

Gary was knocked out of the Wolverines’ game against Nebraska and initially tried to jokingly play it off as an equipment problem when speaking with the press days later. However, the severity of the injury became more clear two weeks later when he did not dress to participate against Maryland.

Just 10 days after that, and with another missed game under his belt, the speculation and rumors were thrown into overdrive by Ohio State star defensive end Nick Bosa announcing that he would not return to action this season, instead saving himself for the NFL. Given Gary’s high draft stock, the similarity of the situation drew immediate comparisons.

After Gary did not make the trip to East Lansing, and Jim Harbaugh indicated that it was Gary’s choice, the speculation ramped up to an all-time high, prompting the statement from his mother.

“My son is an always will be a warrior,” she added. “My son is a Wolverine! He has pride in himself, his team & his academics & until Michigan plays their last game he will be a part of the team. He will however, not participant until he is fully recovered.

“Now that you know..there’s no need for rumor or speculation.”

On the season, Gary has 22 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss and two sacks. The Wolverines are currently in the midst of a bye week, which will give him more time to recover before a Nov. 3 home game with Penn State. If he remains unable to participate at that time, there are still three games remaining on the regular season schedule, as well as potentially the Big Ten Championship Game and a bowl game.
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