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Monday, December 23, 2013
Devin Gardner iffy for bowl game

By Adam Rittenberg
ESPN.com

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner likely will miss the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl with a turf toe injury if he doesn't return to practice by Wednesday, coach Brady Hoke said Monday.

Devin Gardner
Michigan is not sure QB Devin Gardner, who has 2,960 passing yards and 483 rushing yards this season, will play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl because of a lingering turf toe injury.

Gardner, who sustained the injury to his left foot in Michigan's regular-season finale against Ohio State on Nov. 30, exited the team plane Monday afternoon on crutches and wearing a walking boot. He will not practice Monday.

Hoke said freshman Shane Morris, who has been working with the starting offense throughout bowl practices, would start at quarterback against Kansas State if Gardner cannot.

"We're going into it that Shane will be the guy," Hoke said.

Gardner, who has 2,960 passing yards and 483 rushing yards this season, met with the team doctor last Friday.

Russell Bellomy, who missed the regular season with a knee injury, also has practiced this month after being cleared.

Michigan will be without starting kicker Brendan Gibbons, who didn't travel with the team because of a family issue in Florida. Punter Matt Wile will handle place-kicking duties in place of Gibbons, who also missed the Ohio State game and converted 15 of 20 field-goal attempts this season.