Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson expected to play against Purdue
Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com
Robinson passed tests Sunday, and doctors cleared him to return to practice as early as Monday afternoon. He left Saturday’s game against Illinois at the start of the fourth quarter complaining of dizziness.
Rodriguez stopped short of saying that Robinson had suffered a concussion Monday, but said the quarterback had symptoms of one.
“That’d be a better way to put it,” he said. “He had signs or symptoms of not completely being there, headache, dizzy.”
Rodriguez said he takes no role in determining whether Robinson is ready to return.
“I leave it up to the trainers and doctors,” he said. “They tell us what’s going on and have a series of tests that they do. All I know is they said he had some dizziness and a headache and they wanted to hold him, so I said, ‘OK, next guy.’”
In relief, quarterback Tate Forcier entered the game and, despite losing a fumble on his first play, led the Wolverines to a dramatic 67-65 triple overtime win over the Illini.
The injury didn’t prevent Robinson from throwing for a career-high 305 yards on 10 of 20 passing. He also carried 19 times for 71 yards, which brought his season total to 1,349 rushing yards, best in the nation. He leads Oregon’s LaMichael James by 18 yards.
Saturday’s game was hardly the first time an injury has forced Robinson from a game this season. Although he’s started all nine games for the Wolverines this year, he’s only completed two contests in their entirety.
He’s played with a variety of nagging injuries, mainly a shoulder and knee injury, which still present some problems.
“He’s still getting some treatment on it, because if he gets nicked it still hurts a little,” Rodriguez said. “His arm felt a whole lot better, and he was a lot crisper with it, and he was running well too.
“I’m hoping this will be as good as he’s felt in weeks.”