Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier rehabbing shoulder injury, battling staph infection
Lon Horwedel | AnnArbor.com
The shoulder injury Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier played through last season was a slightly torn right labrum, a person familiar with the injury said Friday.
Forcier was diagnosed with the injury when he underwent an MRI while home for Christmas break. He’s rehabbing the shoulder now and doesn’t need surgery, and he’s also recovering from a staph infection in his right knee, the person said.
A Michigan spokesperson said the university does not comment on players' medical histories, and Forcier declined an interview request through the sports information department.
Forcier, who started every game for Michigan last year as a true freshman, originally injured his throwing shoulder during the Wolverines’ fourth-quarter rally against Indiana.
He appeared to be in incredible pain when a teammate slapped him on his right shoulder after directing the game-winning touchdown drive.
The injury was first reported as a sprain.
Forcier threw for 2,050 yards and 13 touchdowns last year, but struggled down the stretch as Michigan whimpered to a 5-7 finish, losing 7 of its last 8 games after beating Indiana. He also suffered a minor concussion in an October loss at Iowa.
Forcier already is taking part in workouts with the football team and will not miss any spring practice. The staph infection, a MRSA infection, already has been treated, the person said.
Michigan quarterback DenardÂ RobinsonÂ said Friday that he and Forcier have been "throwing together" recently.
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