Harbaugh Updates Higdon, Evans' Injury Status

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Harbaugh Updates Higdon, Evans' Injury Status

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Harbaugh Updates Higdon, Evans' Injury Status

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — There was much hullabaloo made this offseason about who Michigan’s third running back would be, and it turns out it ended up making a difference.

In something of a surprise, Wolverines starting running back Karan Higdon did not take the field for Michigan’s 45-20 win over SMU on Saturday, and Chris Evans came in, in his stead.

Evans had a solid showing, rushing for 85 yards on 18 carries, for an average of 4.7 yards-per-carry. But, he would leave the game in the fourth quarter, walking gingerly towards the locker room.

As far as where each stands as of current, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was his usual vague self. He did say that Higdon was ruled out once the game started, but with Evans’ injury, the team doesn’t know if there’s a legitimate injury or if he was affected by cramps caused by the hot, on-field weather.

“Karan was a game time decision,” Harbaugh said. “He just didn’t feel like he could go. Chris — we’ll see how — what his situation is exactly — whether it was some kind of strain or if it was a cramp.”

The vagueness continued, when Harbaugh was then asked more about what can be expected as far as timelines and evaluating both. He demurred to talking about the team in general, but did share one interesting line about how Michigan isn’t quite where it wants to be just yet.

“We’ll see,” Harbaugh said. “Really look forward to a great week of practice with our football team. We’re getting closer to being good, really good, but we’re still not quite there yet. Improvements to be made. Really looking forward to a great week of preparation.”

The Wolverines move on from SMU and will open Big Ten play next week, with 0-2 Nebraska coming to Ann Arbor for a noon kick on Saturday.

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