Michigan RB Toussaint declared healthy


Michigan starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint said Monday that if the Wolverines needed him he could have returned to his team's 24-16 loss to Iowa on Saturday.

"I could have come back," Toussaint said. "It was just a little re-aggravation of the shoulder injury. Nothing major. Had a good practice [Sunday] night so everything is looking good for the week."

Toussaint injured his the AC joint in his right shoulder during the season opener against Western Michigan on Sept. 3 and missed the win over Notre Dame on Sept. 10.

It was the third time the redshirt sophomore starting running back had injured his shoulder in his career, although this one seemed the most minor. Toussaint said it doesn't make a difference in how he carries the ball, but affects him "mentally" when he re-injures it.

Both Michigan coach Brady Hoke and Toussaint himself declared the running back healthy Monday.

Before he was injured Saturday, Toussaint gained 58 yards on 16 carries and also caught a touchdown pass in his first week as Michigan's designated starting running back.

Even if he wasn't hurt, Michigan might have moved away from Toussaint at that point in the game anyway. The Wolverines had gone to their "NASCAR" package -- essentially a version of the hurry-up offense -- and junior Vincent Smith is the better pass-catching back.

"You really had the guy you wanted in anyway," Hoke said.

Smith replaced Toussaint and initially was ruled to have scored a touchdown on an 82-yard run on the game's final possession, but the call was correctly overturned.