Heading into the 2018 season, the Michigan Wolverines thought to have two of the top defensive ends in the Big Ten with Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich.
Unfortunately, Gary has been dealing with a shoulder injury and has been forced to miss time.
The hope was that Gary would be able to play against Michigan State but that was not the case as he did not make the travel roster.
On Monday, Jim Harbaugh addressed the media and he said that though Gary did practice last week and has been making progress, the Wolverines’ defensive end did not believe he could play, so he was left off the roster.
Jim Harbaugh said Rashan Gary has made progress, practiced last week. Gary said he didn't believe he could play, which is why he wasn't part of the travel roster.
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) October 22, 2018
There have been rumors and speculation that Gary could be done for the season, but Harbaugh said that is not something that Gary has said to him.
Harbaugh said Gary didn't feel like he could play last Saturday. He practiced last week.
Asked specifically if he's been given any indication by Rashan Gary that he won't play again this season, Harbaugh said he has not.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 22, 2018
If Gary is going to get healthy before the Wolverines next game, he will have plenty of time before Penn State comes to town following Michigan’s bye week.
Dear Spartans: You wanted Michigan to take you seriously, now you have to deal with it
For the past decade, Michigan State has pretty much dominated Michigan when it comes to football, there is no arguing that.
Heading into Saturday, the Spartans had beaten the Wolverines in eight of the previous ten matchups and covered the point spread in all 10 of those games. To say the rivalry was one-sided would be an understatement.
But for the Spartans and their fans, it was never good enough.
Something has been missing
Despite constantly taking Michigan behind the woodshed, there was always the feeling that something was missing from the big game. For Michigan State, their annual game against Michigan has always been their biggest game of the season. It has always been the one game they wanted to win at all cost. After all, the Wolverines have always been their biggest rival and they always will be.
But for Michigan, that has never been the case and it has bothered the Spartans (and many of their fans) for a long time, though they probably will not admit it.
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