Taylor Lewan Injury: Updates on Michigan Tackle's Status, Likely Return Date
Taylor Lewan left Michigan's game against the Penn State Nittany Lions with an injury.
Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News reported the that Wolverines' star offensive lineman was walking off the field and appeared to be hobbling on his right leg:
Lewan struggling off field, appears to favor his right leg/foot.— angelique (@chengelis) October 12, 2013
Everett Cook of The Michigan Daily reported that a concussion specialist was next to Lewan on the sidelines. However, the specialist was not asking any concussion-related questions:
Radio is saying a concussion specialist is sitting next to Lewan but not asking him questions. Precautionary— Everett Cook (@everettcook) October 12, 2013
Lewan will play on Saturday against Indiana, according to the team's official Twitter feed.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct 16
From Michigan's official Twitter Feed:
Coach Hoke confirms Taylor Lewan will play vs. Indiana.— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) October 16, 2013
UPDATE: Saturday, Oct. 12
From Michigan Football:
Michigan will have 1st & 10 at their own 39 yard line. Taylor Lewan is on the sideline.— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) October 12, 2013
From Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Taylor Lewan pacing the sideline without his helmet. Training staff may have taken his helmet away to keep him off the field.— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) October 12, 2013
According to ESPN.com's Josh Moyer, Lewan got himself back in the game, but the injury was bad enough that he had to come out again:
OT Taylor Lewan was back in the game. Pushed the trainer aside and seemed to put himself back in the game. Now, he's out again.— Josh Moyer (@ESPNJoshMoyer) October 12, 2013
Michigan Football explains:
Taylor Lewan went to the locker room early as trainers were having trouble communicating with him due to noise.— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) October 12, 2013
As the left tackle for Michigan, Lewan is the anchor of the offensive line, and perhaps no player is more important for the Wolverines. He's protected Devin Gardner's blind side in the passing game, while also opening holes on the ground for both Gardner and Fitzgerald Toussaint. Losing him for an extended period of time would be a major blow to the offense.
The stakes are also high for Lewan himself. As NFL.com's Albert Breer pointed out, the left tackle could be a top-10 pick in the 2014 NFL draft:
Potential Top 10 pick Taylor Lewan, the Michigan LT, injured and headed back to the locker room.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 12, 2013
Although it's still a ways off from the draft, Lewan could see his stock take a hit if the injury ends up being serious.
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