Brink out, Heininger questionable for Sugar Bowl

December, 28, 2011
12/28/11
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Michigan will be a little depleted on the defensive line for the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke told reporters during a news conference in New Orleans on Wednesday that starting defensive end Will Heininger is questionable for the matchup against Virginia Tech with an injured foot.

Heininger has started every game this season for Michigan, making 23 tackles with four tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup.

In addition, reserve defensive tackle Nathan Brink has been ruled out for the game with an undisclosed injury.

Brink has played in 11 games this season, starting one. He made one tackle -- a tackle for loss.

The Wolverines (10-2) face Virginia Tech (11-2) on Tuesday night.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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