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Jim Harbaugh Announces Injury Update For QB Dylan McCaffrey

Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey drops back to pass.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 01: Dylan McCaffrey #10 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a pass while playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The score wasn't the only brutal thing to happen to Michigan football in Madison today. Midway through the game, Jim Harbaugh elected to replace starting quarterback Shea Patterson, who got off to a very poor start, with backup Dylan McCaffrey.

Michigan has been toying with playing both quarterbacks. Patterson is more of a pocket passer in this Michigan offense, while McCaffrey is a dynamic athlete, with whom Josh Gattis has drawn up some interesting option looks and gadget plays.

While in the game in the second half, McCaffrey took a massive hit from a Wisconsin defender. Targeting was appropriately called, but McCaffrey had to leave the game after the big blow to his head.

As many feared, the young quarterback suffered a concussion on the play. Jim Harbaugh confirmed as much after today's 35-14 loss to the Badgers.

McCaffrey was 3-for-8 for 40 yards through the air, and wound up leading the team with 21 rushing yards on three carries in his short outing.

Patterson would take back over, and padded his stats a bit to finish 14-for-32 for 219 yards and two late touchdown passes.

Even with the late scores, Wisconsin outgained Michigan 487 yards to just 299, turned the Wolverines over four times, and held the ball for over 41 minutes of game time to just 18L53 for Harbaugh and Gattis' offense.

As with any concussion, the timetable for Dylan McCaffrey's return is very unclear. The Wolverines have a manageable game next weekend, with Rutgers coming to Ann Arbor, but on Oct. 5 they host a very solid Iowa squad.

Hopefully he's able to clear the concussion protocol soon, but the most important thing is that he is 100-percent before trying to return from any serious head injury.