Michigan Running Back Blake Corum Exits Illinois Game With Apparent Knee Injury

By Chase Brown on November 19, 2022 at 3:01 pm
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Michigan running back Blake Corum rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the first half against Illinois. However, an injury kept him out for the remainder of the contest.

After the game, head coach Jim Harbaugh said Corum's knee is structurally sound, indicating he believes there are no tears or breaks in Corum's leg. Still, Harbaugh showed caution and said the team's medical staff will monitor the ailment.

Corum's injury occurred in the second quarter when fell to the ground holding his left knee after a 4-yard rush. He lost possession of the football, and the Illini recovered the fumble. After the play, Corum remained on the ground, holding onto his leg as Michigan's training staff rushed to assist him. The star tailback was immediately taken to the locker room, walking off the field under his own power but with a hitch in his step.

After the halftime break, Corum returned to the field, but he was seen limping after a few warmup reps and spent extended time on the sidelines riding Michigan's training bike.

Corum returned to the game for the third quarter. However, he only played two snaps for the Wolverines. He then stood on the sidelines wearing a coat over his uniform while not holding his helmet, according to several tweets from Michigan beat reporters.

With Corum's injury, his status for the Ohio State game next weekend will be in question. Michigan's offense has relied heavily on the running back this season, as Corum had rushed for 1,349 yards and 17 touchdowns on 227 carries in the Wolverines' first 10 games of the regular season. Last year, Corum rushed for 87 yards on six carries against the Buckeyes.

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