Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock is expected to be limited in practice after he was knocked out of this past weekend’s game against Minnesota with an injury.
Rudock took a rough-looking hit from a pair of Minnesota defenders in the third quarter and left the game. He was replaced by backup quarterback Wilton Speight, who threw the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Saturday, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters that he believed the injury to be bruising in Rudock's midsection, and he confirmed that Monday. He also said Monday that a "concussion was never something that was mentioned." Harbaugh said he expects Rudock to be limited in practice this week.
“He'll go out and participate in practice. We'll see how much he can do," Harbaugh said. "He'll probably be sore, he'll probably be limited. That would be expected."
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Not surprisingly, the head coach didn’t have an answer for whether Rudock would be ready to go for Saturday’s game against Rutgers.
"It depends," Harbaugh said. "There's no magic formula other than that people is our best option, gives us the best chance to win, whatever position you're talking about, whether it's a quarterback or a cornerback. That's the test. And that they're not going to injure themselves worse. Doesn't always have to be 100 percent, maybe it does, maybe the next option — it just depends. And also that somebody's not going to injure themselves worse. That would be the two criteria: How good does he have to be to play, he's not going to injure himself worse and he is the best option, gives us the best chance to win with the percentage of his health."
Speight was listed as the Wolverines’ No. 2 quarterback on the team’s depth chart for the first time this season. In all weeks prior, the No. 2 spot belonged to Shane Morris, though Harbaugh said Monday that Michigan will try to allow Morris to earn a redshirt this season by keeping him off the field if possible.
Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.
Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football.
"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.
"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.
"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline."
Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."
"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.
"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."
Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.
Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.
As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.
Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.
The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.