Denard Robinson expected to return Saturday, but Michigan also preparing contingency plan
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday he expects injured quarterback Denard Robinson to play Saturday against Minnesota.
Robinson left in the second quarter of Saturday's loss against Nebraska after injuring the ulnar nerve in his right, throwing elbow. The injury caused numbness and a tingly sensation, Hoke said.
But Hoke said he "thinks" Robinson will log a full week of practice and play Saturday against Minnesota (noon, BTN). He is expected to play with a sleeve on the throwing elbow.
"He should be fine," Hoke said. "He should be ready to go on Saturday."
Robinson attempted to come back in the second half against Nebraska, but had difficulty gripping the ball. The ulnar nerve he aggravated runs all the way down the arm and supplies muscles that help bend the wrist and fingers, according to WebMD.
It also gives feeling to the outer part of the hand.
He is expected to return against Minnesota, but the Wolverines are preparing a contingency plan should Robinson be unavailable, or re-injure the elbow, which has caused him to leave games in two of the past three weeks.
Hoke said Devin Gardner, who spent the past two years backing up Robinson before moving to receiver in the offseason, will receive quarterback snaps this week. Russell Bellomy, the current No. 2 who struggled to replace Robinson against the Cornhuskers, will receive more reps as well.
"We will do that as a precautionary thing, give him some more snaps, him and Russell both," Hoke said. "Which means you'll add a couple more plays to your script you're working off for practice."
Bellomy was just 3-of-16 passing with three interceptions in relief of Robinson. Hoke said Gardner will compete with Bellomy for the job if Robinson is unavailable.
If Robinson is available, Bellomy will continue as the No. 2 and Gardner will stay at receiver.