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The Michigan Wolverines might have gotten lost in the Detroit Tigers World Series debacle Saturday night, but they are in deep trouble of their own.
The Wolverines lost Denard Robinson to an elbow injury in the first half of their 23-9 defeat in Nebraska, and the offense immediately ground to a halt. Backup Russell Bellomy looked badly out of place against the Cornhuskers defense, going 3-of-16 for 38 yards and throwing three interceptions.
The only other realistic option was Devin Gardner, but he's been working at wide receiver all season and wasn't prepared to play quarterback on Saturday. Gardner has thrown only 33 passes in his three-year career, with two touchdowns and one interception.
Robinson aggravated a nerve problem in his elbow, causing problems for movement in his hand and wrist. Because of the nature of the injury, it isn't easy to put a timetable on his return.
Despite the ugly losses to Alabama, Notre Dame and Nebraska, the Wolverines still have a chance at the Big Ten championship game. However, they've lost control of their own destiny after the loss to the Cornhuskers.
Even if Michigan runs the table in its final four games, Nebraska could book a trip to Indianapolis by winning its final four. The Cornhuskers do have two tough tests in the next two weeks, though, going to Michigan State and then playing host Penn State.
Michigan's biggest games are home against Northwestern on Nov. 10 and, of course, unbeaten Ohio State on Thanksgiving weekend. With Robinson's game-breaking skills, the Wildcats are definitely a beatable opponent, and Michigan's defense could give it a chance against the Buckeyes.
Without Robinson, things could get ugly in a hurry.
All season, Brady Hoke and the offensive players have insisted that Michigan doesn't have a one-man offense, but the performances on the field have shown something completely different. Robinson has 946 yards rushing, as opposed to tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint's 321, and is averaging almost four yards per carry more than Toussaint. Bellomy is not a big runner, with just 16 yards on the season.
So playing without Robinson, as the Wolverines did in the second half against Nebraska, means playing with no running attack. It also means they will be lucky to move the ball through the air. Bellomy has played in tough situations in his limited action but has a negative efficiency rating, is completing 19 percent of his passes and has many interceptions (four) as touchdowns.
Hoke said Saturday that, if Robinson continues to have problems with his elbow, Gardner could return to the quarterback spot. Although he's been better than Bellomy in his limited appearances, Gardner has never shown that he could fill Robinson's shoes. That's why high school senior Shane Morris is considered the future of the program over both Bellomy and Gardner.
Hoke probably knows a lot more about Robinson's injury, but it's quite likely that he will do everything in his power to keep that information under wraps. Monday's press conference will almost certainly have a reference to Robinson's "boo boo" and very little else.
This boo boo isn't a scraped knee, though. It could completely change the race for the Rose Bowl, at least in the Legends Division.
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Michigan Football went to Nebraska and lost to the Huskers on Saturday night by a final score of 23-9. Denard Robinson was injured early and did not return. That pretty much signaled the end of Michigan’s hopes to win this game. Russell Bellomy was inserted at quarterback and struggled completing just 3 of 16 passes for 38 yards to go along with 3 interceptions.
Denard Robinson injury update.
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke says Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson is probable for this coming Saturday's road game against Minnesota despite an arm injury in the loss to Nebraska. (The Detroit Free Press)
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''He should be fine,'' Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said Monday. ''He should be ready to go on Saturday.''
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson left Saturday night's game against Nebraska late in the first half because of a cut on his arm.
According to the Michigan football radio network, Robinson is expected to return in the second half.
The right-handed Robinson stayed down and appeared to be holding his hand after a run to the Nebraska 8. Russell Bellomy...
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The Wolverines have gone two straight games without scoring a touchdown - a first since the early 1960s - and they played the second half of Saturday's 23-9 loss to Nebraska without quarterback Denard Robinson.
Robinson injured a nerve in his right (throwing) elbow late in the first half, leaving...
ANN ARBOR -- Denard Robinson is expected to play Saturday as Michigan takes on Minnesota.
Robinson missed the second half of last weekend's 23-9 loss to Nebraska after aggravating a nerve injury in his elbow. He was replaced by Russell Bellomy, who went 3-for-16 with three interceptions, allowing the Cornhuskers to pull away for the key LegendsDivision victory.
Michigan's problems after its 23-9 loss to Nebraska go beyond losing control of the Big Ten Legends Division race.
The 20th-ranked Wolverines also lost quarterback Denard Robinson, who went out late in the first half with an elbow injury.
Robinson, who spent the second half on the sideline in an overcoat, watched as freshman backup Russell Bellomy threw three interceptions...
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