Although it’s the offseason for the football team, Michigan is still dealing with quite a few injuries, some of which will cause players to miss spring practice. A couple of the more severe injuries are already known, but confirmation came from Rich Rodriguez on one that was merely a rumor before Sunday.
Rodriguez said safety Floyd Smith had surgery for a sports hernia and defensive lineman Mike Martin had shoulder surgery and will miss spring practice. Martin is expected to be fully recovered by the summer.
There had been rumors about Mike Martin and a shoulder injury, but nobody was really sure of the severity. Rodriguez cleared that up with the news that Martin will be out for spring practice. He is now the third potential starter that will be sidelined during the spring. Both David Molk, the best returning offensive lineman (and perhaps best offensive player), and Vincent Smith, the leading candidate at the end of last season to become the starting running back in 2010, are out until at least the summer because they are recovering from ACL injuries.
The other recent injury news involves Tate Forcier. We all know how banged up he was throughout the season, but I don’t know if we realized just how hurt he was.
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.
Those certainly sound like serious issues, but the good news is that Forcier is not going to be out during spring practice. In fact, he is already participating in team-related activities.
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.
As we soon start to look ahead to spring practice, here’s to the currently injured players recovering and the rest of the team staying healthy. Although there were many reasons why the team collapsed last season, injuries definitely had a helping hand in the rough finish. In 2010 it will be vital that players like David Molk and Tate Forcier stay healthy. The entire offense started to go downhill last season after Molk went down, and Forcier definitely struggled the rest of the season after getting hurt against Indiana. Their health, along with the team’s health in general, will play a large role in how the 2010 season turns out.