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Injury report: Richardson's status for Saturday uncertain


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Miami quarterback Daniel Richardson slides after a run during the Chippewas game against Florida International University Sept. 25 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. 

Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain announced redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Richardson's status for the Chippewas' week six matchup with Ohio will be determined closer to game time. As of now, it's uncertain whether Richardson will play as he is dealing with a shoulder injury. 

The Miami native suffered the injury after being sacked in the fourth quarter in CMU's 28-17 loss to Miami (Ohio) Oct. 2. In that game, he threw for a career-high 326 yards and two touchdowns on 22 completions. 

"(He's had) limited throws in practice, we'll make that decision later in the week," McElwain said. "Did take some reps in practice but obviously Jacob (Sirmon) is ready to go too." 

Sirmon, a transfer from Washington, started the first four games of the season and would be the starter if Richardson is unable to go against the Bobcats. 

"The one thing I won't ever do, and never have, is put someone out there that is unable to perform at their best," McElwain said. "It's just not worth it in the long run and would never do that to any of these players." 

Sophomore linebacker Nick Apsey will miss the game with the Bobcats with a shoulder injury. Apsey, an Empire native, has played in four games this season and made one tackle.

Sophomore defensive end LaQuan Johnson has practiced this week and is "questionable to probable" heading into Saturday. Johnson has missed each of the last two games. 

Junior running back Darius Bracy and junior defensive back Dishon McNary remain out with MCL and ankle injuries, respectively. 

The Chippewas and Bobcats will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio. 

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