Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh announced there is a chance that injured running back Drake Johnson may make an appearance during Saturday’s home-opening game against Oregon State. During a radio interview, Harbaugh stated “there’s a possibility” that Johnson “could see action as early as this week.”
Johnson tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the second time during last season’s Ohio State game.
Since then, the Ann Arbor native has missed spring practice and was “limited for a portion of fall camp,” according to MLive.com. He also sat out the season-opener against Utah
Harbaugh said the Michigan senior is being cautious. Johnson first tore his ACL during the 2013 opener with Central Michigan. However, the 6-foot-1 running back has already been cleared to return to the field, says Harbaugh.
To kickoff their 2015 campaign, the Wolverines lost to the Utah Utes, 17-24. The team struggled with replacement running backs De’Veon Smith and primary backup Ty Isaac running the ball for just 79 yards on 29 attempts.
Last season, Johnson ran 360 yards on 60 attempts, aiding in four touchdowns.
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