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Breaking: Michigan Football Player Facing Felony Weapon Charge

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Michigan almost assuredly punched its ticket to a second consecutive College Football Playoff with its rout of rival Ohio State on Saturday.

But the Wolverines might be without one of their defensive starters once they get there.

According to a report from David Jesse of the Detroit Free Press, Michigan defensive lineman Mazi Smith is facing a felony weapons charge. The charge stems from an Oct. 7 incident in Ann Arbor, the details of which have not yet been reported.

Smith, a senior, has started all 12 games for the Wolverines this season at defensive tackle. He's logged 43 tackles, including 2.5 for loss.

Smith has appeared in each of Michigan's seven games since the incident. It is unclear whether the charges jeopardize Smith's ability to play in Saturday's Big Ten Championship game against Purdue or the playoff. 

Michigan has not yet addressed the charges.

If Smith were to be sidelined, it would be a significant blow for a defensive front that is also dealing with an injury to star defensive end Mike Morris. Morris, the Wolverines' leader with 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss this season, missed the team's Week 12 matchup against Illinois and played just 11 snaps against Ohio State due to a leg injury.