Posted by Adam Jacobi
Michigan may have made a game of it in their 38-28 loss to Iowa in Ann Arbor, but the interesting thing is that their comeback came without the services of their star quarterback Denard Robinson. Robinson took a shot to his right arm early in the third quarter, and after he threw on the sideline for his trainers, he was left out for the rest of the game. Tate Forcier excelled in relief, throwing for 239 yards on 17-26 passing.
Now, there hasn't been any official word on the severity of Robinson's injury, though it didn't look bad enough to, say, require surgery. But after the game, head coach Rich Rodriguez did give an indication of why Robinson stayed out. The Michigan Daily's Nicole Auerbach reported today that according to Rodriguez, Robinson's shoulder had been "bothering him in practice this week," and that trainers would not let Robinson re-enter the ballgame.
Again, this isn't the same as a diagnosis on the injury, but it doesn't appear to be a structural problem, if you will; Robinson was allowed to throw passes on the sidelines, after all, and he kept his pads on for the duration of the game. In other words, this is probably an injury that heals with rest, and we don't expect him to be out for a long time. Still, being that Robinson's backup is himself a former starter who put up some solid numbers against Iowa, don't be surprised if Rodriguez takes his time bringing Robinson back to his prior level of use.