Michigan star defensive end Rashan Gary has not played in a few weeks. The mysterious nature of his shoulder injury has led to a slew of rumors that the junior standout was planning on sitting out the rest of the season to preserve his draft status.
Well, Gary's mother Jennifer Coney-Shepherd must have been getting tired of the questions surrounding her son. She chose to address his situation on Facebook earlier today.
According to Jennifer, Rashan injured his shoulder in the buildup to the Notre Dame game on Sept. 1. He elected to play through the pain but re-aggravated the issue during the Wolverines' game against Northwestern on Oct. 6.
He has not played since then. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has confirmed Gary is dealing with an AC joint injury but has been mum about a possible return.
Jennifer Coney-Shepherd provided plenty of detail in her message, which you can read below:
“Rashan & (sic) I appreciate your support. He got hurt a week b4 the Notre Dame game. However, he decided that he could play through it & rehab during the week. However, at UM its all or nothing and daily practice is just like a game..so he never had the chance to rest..then the last game he played he fell on it and the pain was unbearable. After MRI & CT Scan he was told that if he DID NOT rest, treatment, rehab and continued to play (4 to 6 weeks). The next time he may need surgery. So…he followed medical direction, and he’s feeling so much better. To play before that time would be detrimental to himself & a disservice to his team mates. So why would people say he’s quitting football because he has to heal?
My son is and always will be a warrior. My son is a Wolverine! He has pride in himself, his team & his academics & until Michigan plays their last game he will be a part of the team. He will however, not participant until he is fully recovered...Now that you know...there's no need for rumor or speculation."
This season, Gary has recorded 18 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. He is a projected first round pick in next April's NFL Draft.
Even without Gary, the Michigan defense is thriving. The Wolverines have not allowed more than 24 points in a game once this season, and that was in the first game against ND.
Michigan will have a bye this weekend before playing Penn State on Nov. 3.