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Posted on Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 11:23 a.m.

Michigan WR Roy Roundtree has arthroscopic knee surgery, expected back in 2 weeks

By Nick Baumgardner


Michigan football wide receiver Roy Roundtree had knee surgery last week, according to coach Brady Hoke. He is expected to return in two weeks.

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The Michigan football team has had its first notable injury setback of the 2012 season.

Although coach Brady Hoke doesn't expect it to be overly serious.

Hoke announced Sunday that senior wide receiver Roy Roundtree had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, and is expected back in two weeks.


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"He had a little cartilage that he needed cleaned up, we expect him back in two weeks," Hoke said. "Everything went great, he feels great.

"It was just one of those things."

Roundtree, who is expected to be one of Michigan's leading pass-catchers this season, hurt his knee "walking back to the huddle" at practice last week.

"A lot of guys come back in two weeks (from surgery like this)," Hoke said. "Our doctors did a tremendous job, we have a great medical staff.

"Everything went well from talking to them. ... And you've got a guy like Roy, who is a committed guy, he's going to do everything in his power to get back."

The 6-foot, 180-pound senior was honored before the season by receiving Desmond Howard's "Michigan Football Legend" No. 21 jersey. He, along with junior Jeremy Gallon, is Michigan's most experienced wideout.

Roundtree is expected to be the team's starter at flanker this season, taking over the position that 2011 leading wideout Junior Hemingway left when he graduated.

Roundtree had 72 catches for 935 yards as sophomore in 2010. In 2011, his numbers dipped significantly in Al Borges' new offense -- as he finished the season with 19 grabs for 355 yards. For his career, Roundtree has 123 catches for 1,724 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Other candidates to receive snaps at wide receiver this season are sophomore Jerald Robinson, junior Drew Dileo and true freshman Amara Darboh -- who have a combined 10 career catches (all by Dileo).

Michigan has also been working backup quarterback Devin Gardner at wide receiver, but has yet to determine how much he'll play there this season.

"With (Roundtree), he's one of the great kids on this football team as a senior," Hoke said. "He's been a guy who will do a great job of bouncing back."

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 4:41 p.m.

Makes sense now that Tousant is back with the team. Drinking and driving is bad but when you lose your #1 receiver with Alabama coming up its not so bad anymore.


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 1:56 a.m.

MIchigan will miss Roy...his one catch for 10 yards vs. Virginia Tech was impressive! Jareth Glanda had one catch for 11 yards in the same game. Is Hokie considered him as a replacement? If not, he should. Where's the threat?


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 1:42 a.m.

Johnny Adams and the MSU "D" gonna mess you up, Roy!


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 4:34 p.m.

We can already see that abandoning the no-huddle offense has come at high-priced cost. Roundtree would not have been hurt if he did not have to walk back to the huddle. Just another big mistake in the approach Al Borges is taking this team. When will enough be enough for Michigan to finally let Borges go ?


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 5:38 a.m.

Excuse me 81wolverine but we don't need you to decide what is funny or not. And for any kids out there wanting to become popular pay no mind to 81wolverine. It is cool to make fun of people when they get hurt. I know everyone on here will agree with me when I say people getting hurt is funny as long it is not me.


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 4:35 a.m.

Tom, I prefer Fat Albert...


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 1:44 a.m.

Could "Fat Al" make the walk back to the huddle? 170 yards of total offense vs. VaTech was impressive...LOL! Hoke needs to give Al a lifetime contract! Where's the threat?

Terry Star21

Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 1:05 a.m.

Theo.....I still enjoy your humor buddy. Please come home !


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 11:15 p.m.

When did Eeyore get an account?


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 11:03 p.m.

If you're trying to be sarcastic or funny, you're not. Making fun of an injury situation isn't cool at all. Otherwise, ?????


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 9:23 p.m.

Glad some folks aren't the final judge and jury here. Geez, I wasn't at practice to see how this actually happened. Granted, it sounds as weird to me as well. Blame Borges? For those who wish to see Borges go, it might be a long season. Support your Maize and Blue Meeechigan football team and GO BLUE!!


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 5:55 p.m.

LOL. Thanks Theo

Matt Patercsak

Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 4:05 p.m.

Darboh will be a factor. I doubt this is serious, Roy will be back, but this is a chance for Amara to really ball out.

Nick Baumgardner

Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 5:33 p.m.

Hoke and wide receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski (as expected) didn't go into really any detail about how significant the injury is. Wishful thinking says he could be back in two weeks, and be ready for the season-opener. That's not unprecedented. Procedures like this all depend on the individual and how quickly they're able to heal. It doesn't make any sense to rush him back, though. And it's not unrealistic to think he won't be ready for week one. But, Matt, as you said -- it opens the door for others. Problem is, there aren't a lot of guys waiting inside that door.


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 3:37 p.m.

Dont forget about Devin as a candidate!


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 4:08 p.m.

@Matt - I dont think that was there before. But then again, I might be crazy.

Matt Patercsak

Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 4:04 p.m.

as mentioned above..