Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed Monday that starting left tackle Grant Newsome suffered a serious injury against Wisconsin.
Michigan’s offensive line will be without a key piece for the rest of the season, but the main concern is for Grant Newsome’s long-term health.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed Monday that Newsome suffered a serious right knee injury during Saturday’s 14-7 win over Wisconsin, leaving a huge hole to fill at the starting left tackle spot for the No. 4 Wolverines.
Newsome started one game as a freshman last season before winning the job full-time for 2016. He was hurt during the first half against the Badgers when he was undercut while blocking. A cart came onto the field to take Newsome soon after the injury occurred, but Newsome refused the ride, walked off the field with some help and gave a thumbs-up to his teammates as he headed back to the locker room.
Harbaugh said Newsome will need major surgery to repair the damage.
Redshirt sophomore Juwann Bushell-Beatty filled in for Newsome, and he’ll get the start Saturday when Michigan faces Rutgers. The Wolverines have allowed quarterback Wilton Speight to be sacked nine times, and losing Newsome won’t help when it comes to their already iffy pass protection.
Michigan hopes Bushell-Beatty is ready to take on more responsibility, but there’s still major concern for Newsome. Harbaugh said “it’s as serious as a knee injury can be,” however it has not yet been determined how Newsome’s career will be affected longterm.
Harbaugh also praised Newsome for how well he’s handled the adversity.
“Being with him at the hospital, everyone he’s come in contact with – please and thank you,” Harbaugh said during his press conference. “It’s just amazing, he is an amazing young man. He is strong and knows all things are possible.
“He’s got some things to work through right now. Handling it like a champ. I know he’s got pain. Watching him out there, he’s tough as a two-dollar steak. It’s unbelievable.”