Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said senior Brandon Minor was, "limping around a little bit" due to an ankle injury and would be questionable on Saturday.
Vincent Smith and Mike Shaw will backup starter Carlos Brown, although, don't be surprised to see two of the three on the field at the same time, on several occasions, particularly near the red zone.
Minor is obviously upset by the setback, and has been hungry in practice. "It's kind of frustrating, because the offense and defense go at it a lot, talking a lot of junk, so I just hate to see them talk junk and run their mouths—it just makes me want to get out there," Minor said on Aug. 18.
Hopefully he'll be back soon. His aggressive style would have been an asset against Western Michigan's undersized front seven.
Brown gets the nod and it should be interesting. The fastest back on the team, Brown has had durability and consistency issues in the past. This is his time to shine.
With an excellent performance against Western, Carlos Brown can form the basis of an excellent 1-2 punch with Brandon Minor when he returns.