Michigan football: Jim Harbaugh offers latest update on Cade McNamara's injury – 247Sports

  • September 18, 2022

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Nearly everything went right for the Michigan football team Saturday afternoon, as the Wolverines played their most complete game yet in a 59-0 win over Connecticut.
But the Wolverines didn’t get out of the contest unscathed, as Cade McNamara endured an injury while taking a hit in one of only two snaps in the contest. After the game, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that the redshirt junior and team captain would miss time with injury. 
“Cade, unfortunately, his foot was caught in the ground, got hit from the side the side in the leg,” Harbaugh said. “Probably going to be out for a few weeks. Not going to be a season ending thing, I don’t think, but he’ll miss some time.”
Harbaugh did confirm that McNamara’s injury was not expected to be season-ending. 
It has been a tough few weeks for McNamara, who was named third-team All-Big Ten and led Michigan to its first Big Ten title in 17 years last fall. After a 9-for-18, 136-yard showing in his start against Colorado State, McNamara saw JJ McCarthy take his starting job the following week against Hawaii with an 11-for-12, 229-yard, three-touchdown output against the Rainbow Warriors. On Saturday against UConn, McCarthy completed 15 of 18 passes for 214 yards.
McNamara completed his only pass for 18 yards late in Saturday’s first half, but was sacked on the previous play and faced contact shortly after his throw. McNamara was not seen on Michigan’s sideline in the second half.
In McNamara’s place, Harbaugh said Michigan is keeping “all options open” when it comes to whether Davis Warren or Alan Bowman would be Michigan’s new No. 2 quarterback. The two completed one pass apiece in the Wolverines’ second half, with Bowman’s going for 20 yards and a touchdown to running back Leon Franklin. Bowman was 5-for-6 for 40 yards against Colorado State, while Warren went 2-for-4 for 65 yards against Hawaii. Harbaugh also referenced that freshman Alex Orji, who has been used in rushing and red-zone packages this season, could be a No. 2 quarterback at times. 
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