At the Monday press conference Coach was asked, "Do you think any of those guys that missed last week will play this weekend, Riley, Ecker, Massey, Manningham?" Coach Carr responded, "I think Rueben (Riley) will play. Tyler ran last week. We'll have to see. My guess is it'll be another week. Mike Massey, I don't think so. Mario, we'll see. Mario ran very well, so I expect him to practice some this week. We just to have to see from there but we're very encouraged by him."
In today's Detroit News, Coach Carr was quoted in Angelique S. Chengelis' article as stating about Mario's return that, "I don't know when it will be, but I have every confidence that unless there's a setback that he's going to play pretty shortly." Coach Carr also said, "We'll just have to see how he does (today) or Wednesday, but he can run, I can tell you that, he can run." As for whether Manningham will participate in contact drills this week that remains to be seen.
The update on the other injuried players goes as follows: TE Tyler Ecker (right ankle) probably will not be available until the Indiana game; TE Mike Massey (right shoulder) is out; RT Rueben Riley (right ankle) will return for the Ball State game; Mike Hart (tightness in lower back) is expected to be available for Ball State. Go Blue!
*Note: Photo of Mario Manningham by John T. Greilick/The Detroit News