Rodriguez: Forcier's shoulder not major issue

October, 13, 2009
10/13/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


Tate Forcier's brother Jason caused a bit of a stir when he told The Michigan Daily that the Wolverines quarterback is dealing with a fairly significant injury to his right (throwing) shoulder.

Forcier injured his shoulder Sept. 26 against Indiana but started the last two games, both of which Michigan lost. He has completed 25 of 51 passes with two touchdowns and two interceptions in those contests.

"His shoulder is more injured than I think the public realizes," Jason Forcier told The Michigan Daily. "It's the same thing [Oklahoma quarterback] Sam Bradford did. Maybe not as severe, but an AC joint is an AC joint. Once you injure it, it's hurt for the rest of the year."

Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez didn't sound too worried about Forcier's shoulder when asked about it Tuesday. Rodriguez is more concerned about a concussion Forcier sustained Saturday against Iowa that might have caused a bit of whiplash.

Forcier didn't practice Monday and likely needs to work out by Wednesday to play this week against Delaware State.

"I don't think it's very limiting at all," Rodriguez said. "It wasn't an issue at all in the [Iowa game]. He didn't practice [Monday] because of the concussion, but he wasn't complaining at all about the shoulder and it's not been much of an issue with the trainers. It's been a few weeks now, so hopefully that'll get a little bit better.

"The biggest issue now with him is simply that concussion."

Rodriguez met with Forcier on Monday and doesn't see any drop in confidence from the freshman.

"As a freshman, it's really neat some of the things you're doing as a true freshman," Rodriguez told Forcier. "But our goal is to try to keep getting better, and he's very, very conscientious. Normally, guys like him that are so competitive, they'll be hard on themselves, but then they'll turn around and do what they can to get better. I'm sure he's going to do that."

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