ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan's Mike Hart was limited to
playing just the first half of the Wolverines' 48-21 victory over
Purdue on Saturday after limping to the sideline with an apparent
right ankle injury.
After coming out in the second quarter, Hart appeared to be
relatively healthy in the second half as he smiled and laughed with
teammates while watching the game.
"Talk to coach [Lloyd] Carr," he said repeatedly as he walked
off the field after the game.
Carr bristled during his news conference when asked about the
extent of the injury and whether it would keep Hart out of the next
game at No. 18 Illinois, but was a little more forthcoming during
Michigan's radio broadcast.
"How much swelling and how he feels in these next couple of
days will really be the determining factor on what it looks like in
terms of him coming back," he said. "He's a tough guy, a quick
Hart's teammates expect him to be on the field.
"It's going to take a lot to keep Mike off that field," safety
Jamar Adams said. "Somehow, he's going to find his way out
Against Purdue, Hart had 21 carries for 102 yards and two
touchdowns that helped build a 31-7 halftime lead. He set a school
record with his seventh straight 100-yard game.
Brandon Minor, Hart's backup, limped off the field during the
first drive of the second half after he appeared to hurt his left
ankle. Minor later left the stadium
with a protective boot covering his left foot.
Third-string running back Carlos Brown scored twice in the
Hart became Michigan's career rushing leader last week and
entered Saturday's game as the nation's leading rusher.
The senior moved past Wisconsin's Anthony Davis for fifth among
the Big Ten's career rushing leaders with 4,757. He trails
Wisconsin's Ron Dayne -- who ran for a conference-record 7,125 yards
-- Ohio State's Archie Griffin, Indiana's Anthony Thompson and
Michigan State's Lorenzo White.
Hart finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting last year. He aided
his bid to win the award with a made-for-TV play late in the first
quarter. He ran to the left, landed on his back atop a teammate,
rolled off, kept himself off the turf by extending his right arm
and scored on an 11-yard run.