ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Any optimism that Cade McNamara might return before the end of the season was dashed this week, when the Michigan quarterback suggested he was going in for surgery.
McNamara took to social media platform Instagram on Wednesday morning with a photo story from a hospital bed, with a caption reading, “Here we go!”
A Michigan team spokesman declined comment on the situation, and referred all inquiries to McNamara. McNamara and his family did not immediately respond to a message from MLive.
The senior quarterback has not played since Michigan’s Week 3 win over Connecticut when he limped off the field with an undisclosed leg injury. McNamara never returned and has not suited up for a game since, with head coach Jim Harbaugh declining to discuss his status publicly.
McNamara was voted co-captain by his teammates and began the season as Michigan’s starting quarterback, after leading the Wolverines to an improbable 12-win season, Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff berth last year.
But he struggled in his lone start against Colorado State and eventually lost the starting job to JJ McCarthy.
A former four-star recruit, McNamara, from Reno, Nev., rose to prominence during Michigan’s pandemic-plagued 2020 season, winning the starting job and confidence of Harbaugh. Two years later, he’s been limited due to injury with his status at Michigan up in the air.
With McNamara likely out for the rest of the season, expect former walk-on Davis Warren and graduate transfer Alan Bowman to continue fulfilling backup duties.
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