Considering that Denard Robinson accounted for roughly 99% of the Michigan offense in the team's first three games, it's pretty hard to blame Michigan fans everywhere for holding their breath when Robinson went down during the first quarter against Bowling Green on Saturday. There probably isn't a single player more important to any team in the country.
If Michigan wants to compete for the Big Ten title this season, it needs Robinson. Tate Forcier and Devin Gardner may have filled in quite well in Robinson's absence on Saturday, but the rest of the Big Ten isn't Bowling Green. Which is why Wolverines fans can be relieved to know that Robinson is going to play against Indiana this Saturday as a few days of rest is all his knee needs to heal.
In fact, Michigan quarterbacks coach Rod Smith said Robinson could have come back into the game against Bowling Green had it actually been competitive in the second half. Instead Smith and Rich Rodriguez decided to take the cautious route, as both men know how important Robinson is to the team's success and don't want to risk an injury if they don't have to.
Which is something Rodriguez is also trying to preach to his quarterback.
"I wish he would have stepped out before he got hit," said Rodriguez, who said a few days of rest should be enough. "That was the first thing. Denard is such a competitive guy, he wants to score on every snap. You don't want to hinder him from that thought, because sometimes he can. But when a hit's inevitable and you're not going to get anymore yards, scoot out of bounds and go to the next play."
Not surprising to hear considering how Rodriguez's job is tied to Robinson's health as well. The last thing he needs is for Robinson to go down to an injury and then watch his team go 1-7 in conference play again this season like they did in 2009, because he won't survive it for a second year.