ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Regardless of what the men’s basketball team does in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, Michigan is a big loser this weekend.
Michigan linebacker and defensive leader Jake Ryan suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the Wolverine’s first padded practice of spring camp on Tuesday and is out indefinitely. He is expected to miss most, if not all, of the upcoming 2013 season.
“You always hate when anyone gets injured, and unfortunately we’ve dealt with our share of injuries in the last 12 months,” said Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke. “We will support Jake to make sure he has everything he needs to get through this. I know he will attack his rehabilitation just like he does everything else and will be back when he’s ready.”
Ryan led the Wolverines in 2012 with 88 tackles, 56 solo, 16 stops for loss, 4.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. He earned All-Big Ten second team honors by the media and was the Roger Zatkoff Award recipient as U-M’s top linebacker. Dating back to 2011, Ryan had tallied a tackle-for-loss in 17 of his last 19 games.