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Michigan Loses Chase Winovich To Potentially Serious Injury [VIDEO]

His parents were escorted to the locker room to see him.

November 17, 2018 - 7:34 pm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (97.1 The Ticket) -- Michigan may have suffered a crippling blow in Saturday's 31-20 win over Indiana

Defensive end Chase Winovich, the heart and soul of the Wolverines' top-ranked defense, injured his shoulder midway through the third quarter and left the game. According to multiple reports, Winovich's parents were escorted from the stands to the locker room to see him -- never a good sign for an injured player. 

Winovich was injured when he was shoved to the turf by Hoosiers offensive lineman Simon Stepaniak. He landed hard on his left shoulder and then absorbed a second blow when Stepaniak dove on top of him. 

The senior lay on the turf for several minutes before walking slowly off the field.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh told the media after the game that X-Rays and a CT scan on Winovich's shoulder came back negative. He says he feels they might be in the clear, but Winovich's status for next week's Big Ten East Division title showdown with rival Ohio State is unclear at the time.

Stepaniak was not penalized on the play, though he was called for a late hit later in the drive that wiped out a 19-yard gain for the Hoosiers to Michigan's 29-yard line. 

Winovich, a midseason All-American per multiple publications, ranks third on the team in tackles (51) and first in tackles for loss (12.0). 

He's considered a potential first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.