By Will Burchfield
Michigan’s All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis missed his second straight game on Saturday due to an injury, but not the same one that sidelined him last weekend against Hawaii.
“Something different came up, just a muscle strain in a different location,” said Jim Harbaugh after his team’s 51-14 win.
As for the severity of the injury and when Lewis might return, Harbaugh declined to speculate.
“I don’t know, I don’t have a doctor’s degree. We’ll see, we’ll see, I’m not going to tell you the chances. There was an MRI and there was a signal there, a near type of pull,” he said.
Lewis is coming off a season in which he set a Michigan record with 20 pass break-ups and finished second in the country with 21 passes defended. The senior is a crucial part of the Wolverines’ defense and Harbaugh has no interest in rushing him back ahead of schedule.
“He’s just too good of a player, he’s worked too hard,” Harbaugh said. “We’re not going to just put him out there. It’s kind of silly just to go ahead and get the muscle pulled, so that’s where it’s at.”
Lewis was held out of Michigan’s season-opener for largely the same reason. He was on track to play in Week 2 before encountering a separate setback.
“I called it a near pull but it shows up on the MRI,” Harbaugh said. “And we’re glad that we can do MRIs around here, glad that we can do that for our players and get the best treatment available. When it comes to their health and their welfare, it costs what it costs. Happy that we’re doing what we’re doing.”
Senior Jeremy Clark started in Lewis’ place for the second straight week, tallying three tackles and one pass break-up. Michigan will host Colorado next Saturday at 3:30.