The Michigan Wolverines will be without star quarterback Denard Robinson Saturday as they travel to Minnesota to play the Golden Gophers in their Week 10 matchup, according to the university’s official football Twitter.
Injury Update - Denard Robinson (undisclosed injury) is out today. Devin Gardner will start at QB.— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) November 3, 2012
After Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke stated on Nov. 1 that Robinson would play with an elbow injury that has him listed as questionable (h/t Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press), Robinson will now be out, and it will be backup Devin Gardner who gets the snaps on Saturday.
This is terrible news for a Michigan team coming off a devastating loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and looking to get back on the right track.
After coming into the season as one of the favorites to shock the BCS, the Wolverines sit at 5-3 on the season with the very real possibility of losing to the 5-3 Golden Gophers staring them right in the face.
It’s a rough time to be a Michigan Wolverines fan.
What It Means
Denard Robinson was having a down year statistically, but anyone that thinks the Wolverines and the offense built around their senior QB are better off without him are sadly mistaken.
As much confidence as the team may have in backup Devin Gardner, Michigan is trying to stake its claim in the Big Ten and testing the unproven QB against a conference rival like Minnesota is not the ideal situation.
Robinson’s elbow injury was being reported as improving all week, so there is a shroud of secrecy about what actually is keeping the senior QB out of the lineup.
While it could be just an aggravation of the elbow injury, there is always a chance that the damage was more severe than the media was allowed to see and this was a ploy.
Either way, the fact that Robinson is missing this important game shows just how truly serious the injury likely is.
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