ANN ARBOR - Michigan coach Brady Hoke said linebacker Jake Ryan practiced Tuesday and planned to practice today, but his status for Saturday’s game at Penn State will come later this week.
"We've got another big day [Wednesday]," Hoke said. "We'll see where he's at."
Ryan, who wore an orange non-contact jersey during Tuesday’s practice, has missed Michigan’s first five games and is recovering from spring surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
“He’s traveled every game,” Hoke said. “I could make [a decision] Saturday. Possibly. I could make it [Wednesday night].”
So, was he going to reveal it at all?
"Oh, I don't know," Hoke said.
Then, he planted his tongue firmly in cheek.
"I'll probably call you and let you know," Hoke said. "Yeah, I'll tweet it. I'll tweet it, alright."
(This was a guy who shocked the media earlier this week with the revelation that he knew how to text, explaining that he responded to Taylor Lewan's text message about the crowd noise at Penn State.)
"We're going to play whoever shows up, obviously," Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said. "But he's a very good player and we'll have to know where he is if he does play, that's for sure."
Hoke said earlier this week that doctors have cleared Ryan to play this season, yet that Hoke himself has his own hesitations about Ryan's return.
“I know the doctors have cleared him, but it’s how that holds up,” Hoke said Monday. “He plays pretty fast. I’m probably more worried about it than anything.”
My opinion: If Ryan is to play this weekend at Penn State, it would likely be in a role that will have reservations. He's returning from ACL surgery, not from a sprained ankle.
***FUNCHESS HONORED: Michigan tight end Devin Funchess was named the John Mackey Award tight end of the week. The sophomore had seven catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 42-13 win over Minnesota.