Michigan loses Molk, regains Moosman

September, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


Michigan will be without arguably its best offensive lineman for four to six weeks, as center David Molk sits out with a broken bone in his foot.

Molk, a redshirt sophomore who has started the last 15 games at center, will undergo surgery later today and miss at least a month.

"That’s a tough blow," head coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday. "Not only does he play center, the leader of the line, but David is not just one of our best linemen, he is one of our best football players, period. So we’ll have to adjust a little bit."

The Wolverines did get some good news as senior offensive lineman David Moosman should return from a shoulder injury. Rodriguez expects Moosman to start at center this week against Indiana (Big Ten Network, noon ET). Michigan also might get guard Tim McAvoy (knee) on the field for the first time this year.

In other health news, Wolverines safety Mike Williams and running back Brandon Minor are both day to day with ankle injuries. Minor had just three carries against Eastern Michigan before the ankle forced him to come out of the game. Expect senior Carlos Brown to start against Indiana after his 187-yard rushing performance against Eastern Michigan.

Rodriguez also said Monday that starting quarterback Tate Forcier was a bit banged up Saturday but should be fine for the Indiana game.
“That’s a tough blow,” head coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday. “Not only does he play center, the leader of the line, but David is not just one of our best linemen, he is one of our best football players, period. So we’ll have to adjust a little bit.”

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