Patterson In-Game Injury Revealed + Why McCaffrey, Not Peters, Was Backup

Patterson In-Game Injury Revealed + Why McCaffrey, Not Peters, Was Backup

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Patterson In-Game Injury Revealed + Why McCaffrey, Not Peters, Was Backup

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — If you were perplexed as to why Shea Patterson briefly left the Notre Dame game — for one play — came back in, headed to the locker room, and came back out to play again, well, you’re not alone.

After the game, when Patterson addressed the media, the first thing he was asked about was his injury situation. Usually, when a player heads to the locker room, the worst can be feared. But, as it turns out, it wasn’t too big a deal, Patterson says.

“Just kinda cramped up,” Patterson said. “It started in my calves, worked up through my quads and all the way through my hamstrings. Tried to rush in there, back in there. We ran a naked – I threw it to Sean. Really spazzed out in my legs, and I couldn’t really move. Just tried to rush back in, back into the locker room to get an IV. Tried to come back out for this game.”

But, the other big question? Why was it Dylan McCaffrey who came in for Patterson and not Brandon Peters, who Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh had said, at an Ann Arbor luncheon, was Patterson’s backup.

Harbaugh explained that there was a happening this week that caused that shift — which also gave extra credence as to why Peters wasn’t warming up with the other quarterbacks during the pre-game.

“Yeah, that was this week,” Harbaugh said. “Brandon, in practice, on a rollout, had tweaked his knee. He hadn’t taken any reps since Tuesday. Wasn’t 100% for today, so Dylan was second string.”

In relief for Patterson — and in his first ever game action as a Wolverine, McCaffrey completed four of six passes for a total of 22 yards.

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