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Posted on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 : 4:20 p.m.

Denard Robinson won't rest much before Michigan football team faces Indiana

By Pete Bigelow

Injured knee or not, Denard Robinson won’t get much of a break before the start of the Big Ten grind.

Rich Rodriguez said a knee bruise might limit the Michigan football team’s quarterback during Monday’s practice -- a light day anyway -- but that Robinson would probably practice as scheduled Tuesday.

Robinson, the nation’s leading rusher, is expected to play against Indiana on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ESPNU).


Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson slumps down on the sideline after injuring his knee against Bowling Green.

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He injured his left knee midway through the first quarter last Saturday against Bowling Green and didn’t return. He finished the game with five carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

“I wish he would have stepped out before he got hit,” Rodriguez said Monday. “He is a tough guy, and this is a physical game. Quarterbacks will get hit, sometimes when they’re running a lot, sometimes when they’re drop-back passers.” Rodriguez said it is important to keep his sophomore quarterback involved during practice, and not limit his repetitions with the first team.

“I think the quarterback, especially, has to stay in there to stay sharp decision-wise,” he said. “You don’t have to run him as much. You blow the whistle after he gets five yards downfield instead of running 40.”



Wed, Sep 29, 2010 : 12:33 p.m.

Go Badgers!


Wed, Sep 29, 2010 : 10:24 a.m.

sean t... why would you make a negative comment like that? he threw a perfect strike to roy roundtree who was wide open and dropped the pass! that would have been a touchdown... he had another touchdown called back by a bad call from the ref... GO BLUE...

Sean T.

Wed, Sep 29, 2010 : 8:08 a.m.

Devin Gardner isn't a capable backup. He has not played enough to show he's very capable except when we were up a billion points against BG. If he had to start Saturday we would be in trouble.


Tue, Sep 28, 2010 : 2:08 p.m.

ohiowolverine -- great point. The IU game will be a decent measuring stick on the progress of this year's team. Vegas has UM -13.5. The wise guys are typically spot on.


Tue, Sep 28, 2010 : 1:39 p.m.

The good news is that Denard was not seriously injured, the bad news for the rest of the Big Ten is that Forcier and Gardner are capable back-ups. It's a great day to be a Wollverine! Queme los Spartans! All in for Michigan!


Tue, Sep 28, 2010 : 1:09 p.m.

I wish he would have stepped out before he got hit, Rodriguez said Monday. He is a tough guy, and this is a physical game. Quarterbacks will get hit, sometimes when theyre running a lot, sometimes when theyre drop-back passers. Tater... don't you follow your Leader blindly? RR said he wishes the QB would have stepped out of bounds before he got hit. Right there in quotes. Clean hit. And I'm glad to see your worried about the Spartans. People can smell the fear coming off of your post.


Tue, Sep 28, 2010 : 1:06 p.m.

Rightmind250, the bullseye is on his back. That is all the other team sees as he is out running them. GO BLUE!


Tue, Sep 28, 2010 : 12:32 p.m.

Metric, you can beleive that any hit on Denard is intended to knock him out of the game. OSU gives out an award each week called The Jack Tatum hit of the week. You remember the late Jack Tatum don't you? Darryl Stingley? His book, "They Call Me Assassin". Of course the other team wants to knock him out of the game. Its happened every game so far. Do you think thats just a coincidense? Denard's got a big bulls eye on his chest and the rest of the B10 will be going after him.


Tue, Sep 28, 2010 : 11:54 a.m.

ol richy shouldn't have to worry about Denard getting hurt. He's a lot safer running the ball 28 times a game than a drop back passer. Isn't that right Tater?


Tue, Sep 28, 2010 : 8:37 a.m.

Sharks have a week named after him


Tue, Sep 28, 2010 : 7:36 a.m.

I thought the tackle on Denard was clean. It didn't look like a very hard hit, but it was just the way he landed more than anything. But, Denard will probably keep his national lead in rushing after the IU game. Their defense is every bit as porous as Bowling Green's. Hopefully, our offense will keep the ball for long periods of clock to keep our D off the field.


Mon, Sep 27, 2010 : 10:38 p.m.

Tater - I was thinking the same thing. It looked, MAYBE, a half step different than the flag that Christian's hit drew late against Notre Dame. Are we going to see an article everyday this week about Denard knee? I mean, how many times does RR have to tell people the same thing before they get it...


Mon, Sep 27, 2010 : 9:44 p.m.

I've been a Michigan fan for a long time and that was not a late hit out of bounds. Not even close


Mon, Sep 27, 2010 : 9:22 p.m.

Metric, Not ALL U-M fans...


Mon, Sep 27, 2010 : 8:47 p.m.

You must be kidding about Denard getting out of bounds. The BGSU player left his feet while Denard had both feet in bounds, and he hit Denard with one foot in and one still in the air. In what parallel universe would that be called a late hit? At least wait until the hit is dirty before starting the big whine. I can already predict what will happen if Denard gets hurt in a game. According to UM fans, it will have been done "intentionally."


Mon, Sep 27, 2010 : 7:24 p.m.

I think on the run where Denard got hurt, he was out of bounds and that hit was a little late, but next week against Indiana, when Denard has busted a long run, RR should tell him to just get safely out of bounds, we only want to take those risks against big opponents. Let's hope Denard has a big game against Indiana, I think Michigan goes 5-0 (1-0) next week, the offense is too good.


Mon, Sep 27, 2010 : 6:18 p.m.

"Denard rests twice as fast as a normal person. He can actually get 8 hours of sleep in only 4 hours." LOL I also heard that while Denard's knee will be fine on Saturday, the piece of turf he landed on near the fifty has been place on IR for the rest of the year.


Mon, Sep 27, 2010 : 5:49 p.m.

Denard rests twice as fast as a normal person. He can actually get 8 hours of sleep in only 4 hours.

Sean T.

Mon, Sep 27, 2010 : 3:54 p.m.

Though Indiana has some defensive talent, Denard will not need to practice until probably Thursday. If we're going to seriously win this game, Denard must have sufficient rest on a bruise.