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Michigan vs Washington Injury Report & Updates for CFP National Championship Game

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in College Football

Updated Jan 8, 2024 · 11:10 AM PST

In the Michigan vs Washington injury reports, Huskies RB Dillon Johnson is expected to play through a nagging foot injury.
Washington running back Dillon Johnson is helped off the field after an injury during the Huskies' final possession of a 37-31 win against Texas in the Sugar Bowl. Wednesday UW coach Kalen DeBoer said Johnson expects to play in the national championship against Michigan.
  • In the Michigan vs Washington Injury Report & Updates for CFP National Championship Game, the news is about Huskies RB Dillon Johnson
  • Washington’s leading rusher reaggravated a foot injury in the Sugar Bowl against Texas, but is expected to play tonight
  • Read below for full injury reports for both teams in the CFP National Championship on Monday

It is called football, after all, so perhaps it’s only appropriate that prior to the CFP National Championship Game between the #1 Michigan Wolverines and #2 Washington Huskies, there’s a major discussion ongoing about a player’s foot.

Washington RB Dillon Johnson is the owner of the foot in question. The leading rusher for the Huskies this season, he’s been dealing with a nagging left foot ailment for quite some time.

Johnson reaggravated the injury late in Washington’s CFP semifinal win over Texas in the Sugar Bowl and was seen leaving the field in significant pain. However, the latest word from Huskies coach Kalen DeBoer is that Johnson is going to suck it up and play.

Michigan is reporting no new injuries. The biggest loss for the Wolverines is that of unanimous First Team All-American offensive lineman Zak Zinter. Considered the top interior lineman available for the 2024 NFL Draft, Zinter was lost for the season in the Ohio State game following a leg injury.

So far in the college football public betting splits, Washington is getting 71% of ATS handle and Michigan is drawing 90% of moneyline bets.


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Michigan Wolverines Injury Report

Zinter was carted off the field after suffering a broken fibula and tibia against the Buckeyes and underwent season-ending surgery.

Davis Warren (undisclosed) has seen limited duty this season as the backup to Michigan QB1 JJ McCarthy. He 0-for-5 through the air. Over his career with the Wolverines, Warren is 5-for-14 for 89 yards with no TDs and an interception.

Michigan Injury Report

Player Position Injury Status
Davis Warren QB Undisclosed Questionable
Zak Zinter OL Leg Out
Karmello English WR Undisclosed Out
CJ Stokes RB Undisclosed Out
Leon Forbes RB Undisclosed Out

Among Michigan’s other walking wounded, Forbes hasn’t played all season. English saw action in one game, catching one pass for four yards against Indiana.

Michigan Wolverines Opt Outs

Even though he’s entered the transfer portal, RB CJ Stokes is opting to stay with the team through to the conclusion of the season. However, his injury status is keeping him out of action.

Michigan Opt Outs

Player Position Reason
CJ Stokes RB Transfer portal
Leon Franklin RB Transfer portal

Following a solid freshman campaign in which he carried the ball 55 times for 273 yards, Stokes fell on the depth chart as Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards were dominating backfield time. He’s carried the ball four times for eight yards this season.

Johnson Good To Go For Washington

X-rays taken of Johnson’s injured left foot came back negative, clearing him to play in this game. It’ll just be a matter of him playing through the pain.

Washington Huskies Injury Report

Player-Position Injury Game Status
Cameron Davis-RB Undisclosed Out
Jabbar Muhammad-CB Undisclosed Probable
Guard Memmelaar-OL Undisclosed Out

Johnson is leading the Huskies in rushing this season with 1,162 yards. He’s also scored a team-high 16 TDs.

Starting CB Jabbar Muhammad is probable with an undisclosed injury. He had two tackles against Texas. For the season, Muhammad has recorded 44 tackles, recovered a fumble, picked off three passes and made two sacks.

Huskies Endure Limited Opt Outs

Backup QB Dylan Morris is the most significant name on the Washington opt out list. Playing sparingly behind Michael Penix Jr, he was 9-of-14 through the air this season for 224 yards. Morris threw for one TD and was picked off once.

Washington Huskies Opt Outs

Player-Position Reason
Dylan Morris-QB transfer portal
James Smith-CB transfer portal
Vincent Nunley-S transfer portal

Safety Vincent Nunley, another transfer portal departure, made 10 tackles and intercepted a pass this season.

How Could Injuries And Opt Outs Affect Wolverines vs Huskies Betting Lines?

Following three seasons at Mississippi State, Johnson transferred to Washington for this season. He led the Pac-12 in rushing while earning Second Team All-Conference honors.

Johnson is the leading rusher on the Huskies by more than 1,000 yards. He offers a threat on the ground that would prevent Michigan’s defense from focusing all of its attention on shutting down Penix and the nation’s #2 passing attack.

Both teams would be in serious trouble if either starting QB were to go down in this game. Murray is the only other Washington QB to attempt a pass this season.

As for Michigan, if Warren were unable to go, the other QB options for the Wolverines are Jack Tuttle and Jayden Denegal. Tuttle is 15-of-17 for 130 yards and a TD this season. Denegal is 4-of-5 for 50 yards and a TD.



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