What did We Do to the Injury Gods?

Submitted by alum96 on October 12th, 2014 at 1:47 AM

I realize football is a damn physical game and there will be injuries but fergodsakes is this year worse than usual or am I just overthinking it?  A follow a few other teams relatively closely and they don't have anywhere near our damage.

Not a Hoke fan (as a FB HC) but one thing I am going to give him mad props is no excuses revolving around injuries.  Same as our BB coach who just go "next man up" and keep going, as opposed to a certain coach who speaks about weird guys costing them the game.

From my list we are essentially missing a third of the team - 7 out of 22!  Then a few more "walking wounded" (obviously way below 100% ...and below the normal 85-90% a lot of other players are at this point with wear and tear).  And those are only the guys we know about

On defense


  • D. Morgan - a starter* (*lemon)
  • J. Peppers
  • D. Hill
  • W. Henry

That is 4 starters*

Also on and off this year ("walking wounded") are

  • R. Taylor
  • J. Wilson

On offense


  • E. Magnuson
  • J. Chesson
  • D. Green

Walking wounded:

  • D. Funchess
  • D. Gardner

Not a starter:

  • K. Hill
  • S. Morris

And any number of guys with the normal nicks and bruises and more serious things that every team plays with.

For a team that already has issues this sure is not helping things.  I get losing 2-3 guys, long term but fergodsakes what have we done to displease the injury gods.  4 injuries in this past week alone?  Cripes.

This bye is much needed and it sure would be nice if said football gods would grant us a player or three back after the break.




October 12th, 2014 at 2:04 AM ^

If you are just  talking games missed this season by starters due to injury, don't forget Jake Butt missing the first few games and being limited in the games hes played.  I know he waasnt injured during this season, but it still effects this year.

Also Ondre Pipkins missing games this year too recovering from his injury from last year. So that's another would-be starter who has only played sparingly through 7 games.

But yes I have thought the same thing every weekend, I watch a ton of football and lots of teams have injuries, but nobody has near as many as what we have. Like I have said to my gf everytime someone gets hurt "our team is bad enough when we have everyone healthy, do we really need another freaking injured starter!?"


October 12th, 2014 at 2:19 AM ^

David Brandon has pissed off every god in the universe, including the injury gods.  Either that, or the schemes and playcalling are so predictable that it allows opponents to "tee off" on Michigan players too easily.

Or, maybe a little of both.

Mr. Yost

October 12th, 2014 at 7:18 AM ^

Let's see what this training staff is made of...some say its part of an old guard that has skated by on being part of the old guard for quite some time. With measures and practices modern in the late Schembechler era. I certainly don't know, I'm far from a doctor.

With the University's medical resources, there is no reason why we shouldn't have the best athletic training staff in the country.

Go out to Oregon and get their bio chambers and all that stuff...shit, I dunno, Ryan and Butt both came back from ACL's quickly. Let's figure out a way to heel up these bruises and boo boos and get the guys feeling their best when they head to EL.


October 12th, 2014 at 9:07 AM ^

I've been wondering where Pipkins is and Hoke said in the post-game presser that Pipkins "is dealing with a thing".  Yeah, we're getting killed by injuires. 


October 12th, 2014 at 10:32 AM ^

We hired a coach who thinks "toughness" means 1) going 100% full contact in practice all the tine despite the risk of injury, 2) playing on broken legs, 3) playing with concussions. He's reckless with our players and I'm tired of it. It doesn't make our team tougher in gameday when our depth us depleted and our guys start every game all bruised up and half-injured from the nonsense Hoke puts them through in practice.

Naked Bootlegger

October 12th, 2014 at 10:32 AM ^

Defensive line depth is finally reaping benefits.   I know Penn State's OL is shaky, but it was good to see some of the 2- and 3-deep DL guys making noise with the normal rotations all shot to hell due to injuries.  


October 12th, 2014 at 11:43 AM ^

Bring back Barwis!   

Injuries happen, it feels like it's been a lot, but look at the NFL, countless injuries every team, every week.   

But seriously, bring back Barwis.


October 12th, 2014 at 2:32 PM ^

I've felt the same way about my Red Wings the past 5ish years...why the hell can they NOT avoid injuries, ever? I guess sometimes bad luck is really really bad. 

The bye week could not come at a better time...hopefully the extra week off will get the injured the rest they need to get back into shape to contend with Sparty.