The hits just keep coming for Michigan football, figuratively and literally. Figuratively in that its unbeaten season was broken up with a loss to Iowa on Saturday night, and now the Wolverines have lost starting quarterback Wilton Speight for the remainder of the season.
Literally in that Wilton Speight took a series of massive hits that led to that injury.
The report from MGoBlog says it’s a broken collarbone for Speight:
Per a source, Wilton Speight has broken his collarbone and is out for the remainder of the regular season. Depending on the exact nature of the issue it is possible he could return for the bowl game.
The Wolverines have apparently not ruled Speight out for a bowl appearance. Blindly extrapolating, with the bowls (and playoff bowls) on New Year’s Day, that gives Speight about six weeks to make a return. It’s not unheard of for a broken collarbone, but it would be pushing the traditional timeline. For an NFL example, in 2013 Aaron Rodgers fractured his collarbone on Nov. 4 and returned to play the team’s regular-season finale on Dec. 29. That’s not a dissimilar timeline.
But in the meantime, the team will turn to backup John O’Korn (Michigan quarterbacks always have names perfect for Michigan quarterbacks), who was in contention to start prior to the season. The Wolverines have Indiana at home this Saturday (which might be a bit more competitive than it looks, as the Hoosiers have pushed Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska down to the wire) before traveling to Columbus for what still should be a very important game against the Buckeyes.