- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Michigan has suffered its second major injury of the spring, as the team announced today that backup quarterback Russell Bellomy tore his ACL during Friday's practice.
Bellomy joins star linebacker Jake Ryan on the sidelines. Ryan also tore his ACL late last month.
Losing Bellomy isn't quite as catastrophic for the Wolverines as Ryan, since the offense is still in very good hands with Devin Gardner at quarterback. But the injury does hurt Michigan's depth at the position and will likely have a large impact on the immediate future of stud recruit Shane Morris.
Bellomy was the team's only other scholarship quarterback this spring behind Gardner. He infamously replaced an injured Denard Robinson last year at Nebraska and struggled badly, completing just 4-of-21 passes for 46 yards with four interceptions in a 23-9 loss that helped seal the Legends Division title for the Cornhuskers. Gardner became Michigan's full-time quarterback the following week.
But Brady Hoke said in a statement released by the school that Bellomy was having a good spring. If nothing else, he offered some experience as a backup behind Gardner. Michigan will now finish the spring with only walk-ons on the depth chart behind their starter, and this may well rule out a redshirt season for Morris.
In a best-case scenario for the Wolverines, Gardner stays healthy and plays every meaningful snap, while Morris gets valuable reps in practice as the No. 2 guy yet keeps his redshirt option open. But it's hard to go through a whole season with just one quarterback, especially one who can run like Gardner can.
Any significant missed time for Gardner this season likely means Michigan will turn to a true freshman under center, which is never a great recipe for a team with championship aspirations. The Wolverines must hope their recent bad luck with injuries is about to change.
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