Michigan RB Drake Johnson hit by forklift, hospitalized

Michigan running back Drake Johnson was hit by a forklift at practice and hospitalized.
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Michigan running back Drake Johnson was hit by a forklift at practice and hospitalized, the university confirmed Thursday.

Johnson, Michigan’s anticipated No. 2 running back heading into the 2016 season, was involved in an incident on Wednesday at an outdoor track building, in which he was hit by the forklift while stretching at practice.

“He’s doing well,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I can tell you this, it would have killed a lesser man, but he is blue twisted steel, very flexible and amazing. But it’s one of those miraculous things and he is doing well.”

The extent of Johnson’s injuries is currently unknown, but Harbaugh expects he’ll return to the field soon.

“I’m not a doctor, (but) talking to him, a week or two or three at the most,” Harbaugh said of Johnson being out. “It’s a miracle right up there with Easter. Just thanking God he is all right, that’s my thoughts on it.”

Last season, the rising redshirt senior recorded 54 carries for 271 yards and four touchdowns. He posted 60 carries for 361 yards and four scores in 2014.

Johnson has appeared in 25 games for the Wolverines in his college career, making three starts.