Mattison Updates Injuries on the Defensive Line

Mattison Updates Injuries on the Defensive Line

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Mattison Updates Injuries on the Defensive Line

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — One of the big questions facing Michigan as the Wolverines eye the meat of the Big Ten schedule in a couple of weeks — with a gauntlet of Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State in successive games — is when will former five-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon return?

Solomon had something of an unexpected knee surgery early in the season, and was called week-to-week — then day-to-day — by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh in recent weeks, but he still hasn’t dressed or played outside of the season opener at Notre Dame.

According to his position coach, Greg Mattison, Solomon continues to progress, and is still in the process of recovery.

“He’s working — doing everything he’s supposed to be doing,” Mattison said. “I’ll be excited when he is cleared, but he’s doing very well. He’s working hard. Our strength staff’s doing a great job with him. Our trainers are doing a great job with him. Just going along with the process.”

But when can we expect to see No. 5 back on the field?

Mattison says he’s unsure as of yet, but as he continues to go through the daily regimen set up for him by the support staff, he’s getting better and better.

“No, I don’t know what the timeline is,” Mattison said. “There’s always a timeline by what they say. I never question what that is.

“I know, just seeing him in my meetings and seeing him workout and things like that, he’s doing well.”

Considering the expectations and finally getting starter’s minutes, it has to be disappointing to sit out, unable to be out there with the team when it’s finally your time to shine, as it has been for Solomon.

However, Mattison says he’s taken the time off in stride.

“He’s good, he’s good,” Mattison said. “That’s part of football. He’s doing everything he’s supposed to be doing, and that’s all you can ask him.”

But there’s another player on the defensive line that there’s been a health question about.

On Saturday, weak-side defensive end Kwity Paye laid motionless on the field for several minutes before finally getting up and walking off under his own power.

At his weekly press conference on Monday, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was unsure of Paye’s status for the week, but Mattison said on Wednesday that he’s good to go.

In fact, so much, that he’s become the brunt of some jokes by the staff.

“He’s 100%,” Mattison said. “In fact, I don’t know how many — he had about 30 to 40 snaps yesterday of live, hard snaps. Kwity had a really good practice last night. He’s fine.

“I tease him about what happened when he was laying there! I tease him about that, but I don’t tease him too much. But no, he came out like nothing had happened. He’s good. He’s really good.”

We’ll see who participates whether it be in full or limited capacity this Saturday, as Michigan travels to Northwestern for what is scheduled to be a 4:30PM EST kickoff.

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