Jehu Chesson had an outstanding Citrus Bowl, torching Vernon Hargreaves several times throughout the game and looking like a future Biletnikoff winner and first-round NFL pick.
But somehow, somewhere, in the course of that game, Chesson also suffered an injury that apparently still lingers nearly nine months later.
I have found the play where his injury occurs. It was on a blocking assignment, which is perhaps why it wasn't immediately obvious during or after the game.
If you watch the Citrus Bowl from 1:29:22, you'll start at Chesson's 47-yard post route catch against Hargreaves. On the very next play, Chesson lines up wide to the right and his blocking assignment is Hargreaves.
The play takes the camera away from Chesson's side of the field, but you can see him spring into his block and then do a hop.
As he comes off the field, Harbaugh looks at him and says "Cramp? Did you get a cramp?"
The broadcast then makes note of Chesson on the sideline. He's walking on two feet, but something clearly feels weird. Chesson does not take the field again after that play.
At Signing of the Stars, almost exactly one month later, Chesson was on crutches.
He was not at full strength (obviously) at the start of spring practice, and by some account did not participate at all but Harbaugh said he competed with Darboh all spring for the role of top receiver.
In March, Chesson was off crutches and in a brace fielding darts from the Juggs machine.
He still wasn't practicing at the end of March.
Then there was no news for three months.
By late July, Chesson was running routes and 100% according to Darboh, and ready for training camp according to Harbaugh. From that same MLive article:
Asked if Chesson has been a full participant in voluntary offseason 7 on 7 drills, Michigan corner Jourdan Lewis says he's been able to do some things.
"He's doing a little something," Lewis said. "He's still trying to rehab. But he's still fast, if that's what (people) are worried about. But he's going out there and running those routes with us now."
But at the August 3 Jumpman press conference, Harbaugh was noncommital about Chesson's status to begin camp.
Some educated guesses:
1. The injury was to his knee (as opposed to foot or ankle).
2. It was not a devastating, Marcus Lattimore-type injury.
3. Chesson is in the submarine.
Hopefully the prognosis is full strength by the end of the nonconference schedule, at the latest.