After taking a bruising on the road against Wisconsin, Michigan is looking to rebound in a big way with a win in conference play this weekend against Rutgers. Who plays quarterback for the Wolverines remains in question, however. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh announce don Monday afternoon quarterback Shea Patterson is probable for the next game against the Scarlet Knights. Michigan may need Patterson in a big way, because Dylan McCaffrey is currently doubtful to play.
Both quarterbacks were banged up a bit by the Badgers on Saturday, although the injury to McCaffrey appeared to be more serious as he suffered a concussion after a nasty hit. Given the nature of the injury, seeing McCaffrey play against Rutgers is probably not to be expected. Rutgers quarterback McLane Carter is also going through the concussion protocol. It is unknown if he will be available for the Scarlet Knights.
Patterson had a shoulder injury in the same game, but was able to step back on the field following the injury to McCaffrey to lead a couple of touchdown drives. Patterson has completed 55.6 percent of his passes this season for 629 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception. Fumbles have been more of a concern for Patterson and the Michigan offense. The lack of productivity out of the Michigan offense has been an ongoing theme in the early stages of the season, and it is Michigan’s hope that a game against Rutgers will allow for a reversal of fortune. Rutgers has the Big Ten’s 12th-ranked total defense coming into this week.
Harbaugh also mentioned starting tight end Sean McKeon is listed as doubtful for the game. He injured his leg against Wisconsin.