Michigan's Manningham returns from knee injury

Updated: November 4, 2006, 1:51 PM ET
Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham played Saturday against Ball State after missing three-plus games with a knee injury.

In the first six games of the season, Manningham scored nine touchdowns and had 24 receptions for 527 yards. He had minor knee surgery after he was hurt Oct. 7 against Michigan State.

Manningham practiced earlier in the week and Michigan coach Lloyd Carr had said he would play shortly, barring a setback.

The second-ranked Wolverines remained undefeated without Manningham, but they scored an average of 18 points in the three games without him. Their defense made up for the lack of scoring punch by giving up a total of 19 points against Penn State, Iowa and Northwestern.

Michigan has one more game, at Indiana, before closing the regular season at No. 1 Ohio State.

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