Central Michigan senior running back Zurlon Tipton is lost for the season, according to Chippewas beat writer Aaron McMann.
The 6-foot, 221-pound Detroit native broke his ankle in the first quarter of CMU’s 59-9 loss at Michigan in Week 1.
McMann reported Friday that Tipton had season-ending surgery on Wednesday.
For Tipton, it’s his second season-ending injury during his five years in Mt. Pleasant. He suffered his first injury during his freshman year and was granted a medical redshirt from the NCAA.
Chippewas coach Dan Enos hopes Tipton is eligible for a second medical redshirt.
“I think there will be an opportunity for him to return for a sixth year,” he said. “I obviously don’t make that decision.
“He’s had a season-ending injury once, and now this is twice, and these are the guys that qualify for a sixth medical hardship.”
Tipton’s season will end having only rushed four times for 10 yards.
He was named to the Maxwell and Doak Walker preseason watch lists this past summer. He was all named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-MAC Third Team.