Michigan left tackle Grant Newsome will be out for the remainder of the 2016 season after suffering a knee injury during the second quarter of the team’s Saturday win over Wisconsin. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed the injury during his Monday press conference, but did not specify the exact nature of the setback.
Newsome, a sophomore, had started in every game for the Wolverines this season and drew consistent praise from the team’s coaching staff. The injury will keep Newsome out for at least the remainder of the season and Harbaugh did not rule out the possibility that it could be career ending.
Fellow offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty replaced the sophomore in Saturday’s game and Harbaugh referred to that situation as “Plan A” going forward. However, he also alluded to the possibility of some shuffling on the offensive line with Ben Braden moving from left guard or Mason Cole moving over from center to take Newsome’s place at left tackle.
“He is an amazing young man,” Harbaugh said of Newsome. “He is strong and knows all things are possible… I know he’s got pain. Watching him out there, he’s tough as a two-dollar steak. It’s unbelievable.”
Following their win over Wisconsin on Saturday, Michigan held tight at No. 4 in the AP Poll and moved up a spot from No. 5 in the Coaches Poll. The Wolverines face a relatively easy slate in the next few weeks with an away game against Rutgers, a bye week and a home matchup against Illinois before taking on rival Michigan State. The school has three weeks, then, to really figure out their plans on the offensive line.