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Michigan expects RB Toussaint and CB Countess to play in opener, LB Ryan in October

  • Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner looks for running room during an NCAA college football spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner looks for running room during an NCAA college football spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michigan football fans watch the team during an NCAA college football spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Michigan football fans watch the team during an NCAA college football spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner looks downfield during an NCAA college football spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner looks downfield during an NCAA college football spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

Michigan coach Brady Hoke says he has "no doubt" running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and cornerback Blake Countess will be healthy enough to start the 2013 season.

Toussaint broke his left leg in a game five months ago and Countess tore a knee ligament in last year's opener. Both were able to participate in non-contact drills this spring, but were not cleared to play in Saturday's situational scrimmage.

Hoke says linebacker Jake Ryan could possibly play in mid-October, eight months after having knee surgery.

The banged-up Wolverines seemed to get through their final spring practice without another player getting seriously hurt. Tight end Devin Funchess went to the sideline with a limp and was later walking gingerly. Hoke said Funchess would be all right.

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