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Posted on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 : 7:58 p.m.

Michigan freshman defensive end Chris Wormley tears ACL

By Kyle Meinke

Michigan freshman defensive end Chris Wormley has torn an ACL, a program spokesman confirmed Tuesday night.


Chris Wormley

Recovery time for that injury typically takes several months, which means Wormley likely is lost for the season.'s Sam Webb first reported the injury on Twitter.

Wormley is a 6-foot-4, 279-pound native of Toledo, Ohio. He attended Whitmer High School, which also produced former Michigan tight end and captain Kevin Koger.

He was not expected to play a significant role on defense this year.

Michigan now has sustained two major injuries in camp, after coach Brady Hoke revealed over the weekend that starting receiver Roy Roundtree had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday. He is not expected to rejoin the team until the week of the season opener against Alabama.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 7:01 p.m.

Kind of a bummer. Wormley was one of the few freshman I though had a chance of getting in the DL rotation.

Steve McQueen

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 3:43 p.m.

Tough break for Worm. Luckily though, he can redshirt and get healthy in time for next season. Also, at DE he doesnt necessarily stress a ligament like the skill positions do. With proper rehab and bracing on that knee, we could see him back next year and making an impact at DE.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 11:21 a.m.

Not what you want to hear about but hopefully, Chris will recover quickly. He'll share the ups and downs with team from the sidelines this season.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 3:51 a.m.

Stuff happens. I've got an idea. Let's red shirt Wormley.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 5:07 a.m.

Ya think?


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 1:33 a.m.

ouch!! the loss of Clark and Wormley really hurt depth on the dl.

Steve McQueen

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 3:43 p.m.

I have a gut feeling that Clark's time in a Michigan uniform is over. Just a gut feeling. His charges are pretty serious.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 1:12 a.m.

Maybe they could give his scholarship to a young scholar studying women's studies or something like that. I got my degree in women's studies and now I'm $75,000 in student loan debt and work as an assistant shift supervisor at Starbucks making almost $25,000 a year with my 2nd job. Why should football players have no debt and great smart people like me have debt. Doesn't seem fair but maybe I'll catch my big break one day... perhaps in writing with fellow intellectuals taking notice of my super smart blogs and stuff.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 1:26 p.m.

Why sarcasm? He describes an all too common situation these days. When the first "university" was created in ancient time it was designed for sons of the wealthy who wished to gather for entirely intellectual purposes. The first university students did not need employment and did not join the "university" in order to attain job skills. Perhaps "universities" should return to their original purposes and enroll only students interested in intellectual exercises and not job training. For those who want to prepare for jobs, a system of vocational schools should be created, perhaps modeled on Germany. The University of Michigan sponsors vocational schools in disciplines including medicine, engineering, public health, business, social studies and music. On the other hand degrees in philosophy, history and women's studies are less likely to prepare one for employment.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 12:21 p.m.

oh wait -- you are being sarcastic, shoot too early for me.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 12:20 p.m.

What sort of job did you possibly expect to get with a women's studies degree???? And I am an engineering grad from Michigan and there are literally 1000's of unfilled engineering jobs in Michigan right now...finding work as an engineer is easy actually.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 5:30 a.m.

If an engineer with a Michigan degree can't get a job at Starbucks...


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 3:57 a.m.

Don't feel bad Mohomed. There are plenty of engineering grads from the M who would kill for a job at Starbucks. Just be grateful your in America and not in some hell hole like Canada, France or Sweden. Here you're free.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 2 a.m.

liberal arts was never meant to be a career path. it was established for upper-classers that wanted to further their cultural understanding. you don't get a liberal arts degree in India.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 1:34 a.m.

People make bad decisions picking majors...

Robert Granville

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 12:07 a.m.

Of course a defensive end was not expected to play a significant role in the offense. Silly Kyle.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 3:48 a.m.

I read the posts as much for the correction of grammar, spelling, and context errors as I do for the football news. I also buy my underwear at Kmart.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 1:57 a.m.

SEC Fan, flattery is the most sincere form of flattery. Sincerely, thanks.

Kyle Meinke

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 1:32 a.m.

Maybe there was a lag in the system after I resaved. Don't know. Either way, thanks for the help guys. I promise to do a better job of remembering whether defensive ends play defense or offense in the future.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 12:56 a.m.

dare I say it wasn't fixed in 30 seconds flat...I read the exact same thing...


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 12:46 a.m.

Interesting Kyle, because it seems as though SEC Fan was actually 5 minutes too slow.

Kyle Meinke

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 12:14 a.m.

Robert, you're a fast one. I fixed that in about 30 seconds. Dare I say, you got SEC Speed? (That's for you, SEC Fan.)


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 12:12 a.m.

Shhhh...we don't like to confuse things here with facts.