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Jake Butt Injury Update: Michigan TE Reportedly Tore ACL in Orange Bowl

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2017

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 30:  Jake Butt #88 of the Michigan Wolverines completes a pass against the defense of A.J. Westbrook #19 of the Florida State Seminoles in the first half during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Michigan tight end Jake Butt left the Wolverines' 33-32 Orange Bowl loss to the Florida State Seminoles on Friday early with a knee injury, and it was reported Saturday that he suffered a torn ACL.

ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed the nature of Butt's injury based on information provided by a source close to the school.

Butt is regarded as one of the top tight ends in the 2017 NFL draft classalong with Alabama's O.J. Howardand was considered a potential first-round pick or Day 2 selection at the least.

It is unclear how the injury will impact his stock, but ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted that Butt has an insurance policy that will kick in if he falls significantly:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Butt has a $2 million loss of value policy that he will begin to collect on if he slips beyond the 2nd round. https://t.co/Cxt6o6arQe

Butt's injury came after LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey sat out bowl games for their respective teams to avoid injury and prepare for the draft.

That led some to publicly criticize them, but Florida Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio scolded those who did and used Butt's injury as an example:

Luke Del Rio @Ldelrio12

But skipping a bowl game is selfish and the he owed it to the university to play in that game... #wasgoingtobea1strounder https://t.co/K0UF0q7Epn

Butt finished the 2016 season with 46 receptions for 546 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.

Michigan linebacker/safety Jabrill Peppers was held out of the Orange Bowl after tweaking his hamstring in practice, per ESPN.com's Dan Murphy.

Following the game, Butt expressed no regret about playing despite the impact it could potentially have on his draft status:

jbooty @JakeButtTE

never once crossed my mind to sit this game out and I would never change that mindset. I play this game bc I love it, my teammates, coaches

Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith was considered a likely top-five selection in the 2016 draft, but a knee injury that occurred during his team's bowl game resulted in the Dallas Cowboys nabbing him near the top of the second round with pick No. 34.

Like Smith, Butt will still have an opportunity to earn a big NFL contract if he can bounce back from the injury and live up to his potential. However, playing in the Orange Bowl may have cost him millions to start his NFL career.

             

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