Michigan needs dynamic quarterback Denard Robinson to stay competitive, but a potential injury on Saturday against Nebraska could put that in jeopardy.
UPDATE: Saturday, November 10 at 10:29 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway
Devin Gardner will start at QB vs. Northwestern, in place of an injured Denard Robinson.— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) November 10, 2012
His replacement, Devin Gardner, performed admirably last week against Minnesota and should be in line for another solid game against a weak Northwestern secondary.
UPDATE: Monday, October 29, 1:00 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
The good news continues for Michigan Wolverines fans, as quarterback Denard Robinson is fully expected to play Saturday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, according to the Wolverines official Twitter account.
Hoke: Denard Robinson should be fine, should be ready to go on Saturday.— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) October 29, 2012
After injuring his elbow during his team’s loss to Nebraska Saturday, there was a concern that the star QB wouldn’t be able to play in Week 10, but all appears to be on schedule for Robinson’s return to the lineup.
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UPDATE: Sunday, October 28 at 9:21 a.m. ET
Hoke indicated it was a re-aggrevation of the same injury Robinson suffered against Illinois earlier in the season -- an injury then described as a bump to the 'funny bone.'
'He's got that nerve (injury), he hits it the wrong way (or) gets hit (and it's hard)," Hoke said. "The difference (today) was he didn't come back in. But, he gets better as the game goes on.'
...Asked whether or not he was concerned Robinson wouldn't be available next week, Hoke replied 'No.'He also said the normal rehabilitation process for this type of injury is mainly rest and time.
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UPDATE: Saturday, October 27 at 10:16 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
According to Michigan beat writer Stephen J. Nesbitt, Robinson aggravated an elbow injury:
RT @adam_jacobi: Per ESPN, Denard Robinson aggravated a nerve injury in his throwing elbow, affects his ability to grip the ball.— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) October 28, 2012
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According to Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star, Robinson suffered an injury Saturday evening:
Denard Robinson scrambles for first down ... and he stays down. Being tended to.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) October 28, 2012
Robinson was holding his hand as he came off the field. It's unclear how severe the injury is, but anything having to do with its star player is likely to scare Michigan.
Prior to leaving the game, Robinson had 101 total yards and no touchdowns. Nebraska's defense was able to keep the scintillating signal-caller under wraps for the most part
The same cannot be said for other teams this season.
Robinson has nearly 1,300 passing yards and nine passing touchdowns and nine interceptions, but it's not like he's ever been the most pure passer in the world. That doesn't make it better, but you make it work for a playmaker like Robinson.
He has his position because of his running ability. He's once again proven himself as one of college football's best open-field threats with his 900 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the season.
The idea of losing Robinson cannot be overstated for the Wolverines. Without him, an unproven Russell Bellomy is forced to line up behind center, which doesn't bode well for Michigan.
Keep an eye out for Robinson and updates concerning his hand, as he is Michigan football at this point.
It's not that the team doesn't have other capable players, but he's the straw that stirs the drink. It's his dual-threat ability that forces defenses to pay attention to him, enabling the other players to produce.