Michigan regroups after Alabama thrashing, loss of Countess for season

Published On: Sep 03 2012 04:42:50 PM EDT

AP

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

Brady Hoke thinks his Michigan team's spirits are still high following Saturday's 41-14 loss to No. 2 Alabama.

The Wolverines weren't as lucky on the physical side.

Hoke confirmed that starting cornerback Blake Countess will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL on a special-teams play early in the game. Countess, who will take a medical redshirt, will be replaced by Courtney Avery, according to the depth-chart released Monday.

Tight end Brandon Moore is also expected to miss Saturday's game against Air Force with a strained MCL, but left tackle Taylor Lewan is OK after leaving the Alabama game with a leg injury.

Michigan will get two key players back, as both starting tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint and second-string defensive end Frank Clark have been reinstated.

They had been suspended after offseason arrests.

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