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Rodriguez Says Tate Forcier Will Play, But Wisely Decides to Close Practice

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Tate Forcier #5 of the Michigan Wolverines warms up for the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Michigan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Michigan won 45-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The WolverineCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2009

Rich Rodriguez says Tate Forcier will be fine and will play this Saturday.

"The trainers feel pretty confident he'll be fine in a couple days," Rodriguez said Monday.

"I don't know if it's a bruise or a little sore shoulder," Rodriguez said during his weekly press conference. "He may not be throwing as much (at practice)—the sore shoulder is his (throwing) shoulder—so he'll do some handoffs and some of the shorter throws, but probably won't do any deep throws."

As I said yesterday, the key to revealing the truth about Forcier's arm would be if we could get some video footage of him throwing at Wednesday's practice. That's not going to happen because Rodriguez is closing Wednesday's practice to the media.

"We're closing ranks a little bit more this week. There's no Wednesday practice for ya'll, sorry," Rodriguez told reporters Monday. "It's not that I don't trust anybody out there, but (UM and MSU) are just so close to each other.

"It's just coaches being paranoid, I guess. We went, 'Hey, it's just us now...there might (have been) someone there who snuck in from Lansing."

So...whether the Force will start remains to be seen.

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