Every year, we know that there will be injuries. But we never know who will suffer them.
The war of attrition has commenced in Michigan, with a pair of injuries on the second day of training camp.
According to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com, left tackle Jeff Backus and running back Mikel Leshoure have an injured thumb and hamstring, respectively.
Last year, Leshoure tore an Achilles tendon early in camp. He missed the entire season.
This time around, Leshoure is day-to-day. Backus, however, could have a broken bone.
“He hurt his thumb in one-on-one [drills],” coach Jim Schwartz said of Backus. “Went in and got X-rays. Didn’t return to practice. We’re going to wait and see what those looks like. It wasn’t real determinate right away, but there’s some findings on there, so we’ll look at it later this afternoon.”
Schwartz suggested that, even if it’s broken, Backus will be ready to go when the real games start.
“Guys have played with a lot worse, but obviously, it’s a training camp practice practice, we’re not going to push through a situation like that,” Schwartz said. “We’ll just wait and see.”
That’s what every fan is doing right now. Waiting and seeing whether the injury bug strikes their favorite team’s camp, and quietly hoping (without ever admitting it) that a key player or three from a division rival tears an ACL.