ANN ARBOR — While one defensive lineman works his way back from injury, Michigan dodged a bullet in losing another.
Sophomore Aubrey Solomon continues to rehab an undisclosed injury that has kept him out of Michigan’s last three games, including a 56-10 win over Nebraska on Saturday.
Michigan coaches have declined to specify Solomon’s injury, though a report from The Michigan Insider earlier this month said the 6-foot-3, 287-pound tackle underwent knee surgery.
Defensive line coach Greg Mattison said Wednesday he didn’t know the timeline for Solomon’s return to the field.
“He’s working, doing everything that he’s supposed to be doing,” Mattison said. “I’ll be excited when he gets to play — but he’s doing very well.
“I know seeing him in my meetings and seeing him workout, he’s doing very well.”
With Solomon out, Michigan (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) has been starting junior Carlo Kemp and fifth-year senior Bryan Mone inside. Expect the same duo this Saturday at Northwestern.
Elsewhere, backup defensive end Kwity Paye is OK after having to come out of Saturday’s game with an injury.
It’s unclear what exactly happened to him, but he walked off the field under his own power and returned to practice this week.
“He’s 100 percent. In fact, he had 30-40 snaps of live, hard snaps (on Tuesday),” Mattison said. “I teased him about what happened when he was laying there. But I didn’t tease him too much. He came off like nothing happened.
“He’s good. He’s really good.”