Brady Hoke refuses to address availability of Denard Robinson, Russell Bellomy
ANN ARBOR -- Denard Robinson's status for Saturday's game against Northwestern will remain a mystery.
Likely until game day.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke opened his Wednesday news conference by saying he would not address Robinson, who has missed the past six quarters with an injured nerve in his elbow, nor backup Russell Bellomy, who Hoke says is battling an undisclosed injury.
Hoke isn't scheduled to address the media again this week.
"Regarding our two quarterbacks, I'm not going to talk about it, as far as what's going on with Russell and Denard," Hoke said. "It's day to day, and in fairness to those kids, I'm not going to give day to day updates. So, that's where that's at."
Asked who would start at quarterback if Michigan played today, Hoke said, "I'm not giving a day to day update on it."
Junior receiver Devin Gardner started for Robinson in last week's win against Minnesota and performed well, completing 12-of-18 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for another score.
Gardner backed up Robinson the past two years before moving to receiver in the offseason. He still has a team-high four touchdown catches.
Hoke would not indicate whether Gardner is splitting his time between the two positions this week, or if he's solely taking quarterback snaps.
As far as Robinson's play in practice, Michigan senior receiver Roy Roundtree said he and the team had a pretty good idea last Friday that Robinson wouldn't against Minnesota. He also admitted Robinson's passes looked a little less sharp than they normally do.
However, Roundtree added that Robinson is back to practice this week and is looking better.
"He was taking lighter snaps (last week), but he's throwing (now) and I think he's going to be OK," Roundtree said. "He's doing well in practice, just trying to get back.
"He (has looked better), and it's something we'll look forward to Saturday. But you never know."
Hoke said walk-on Jack Kennedy was the backup quarterback against Minnesota, with Robinson and Bellomy unavailable.
In other injury news, Hoke said receiver Jeremy Gallon (ankle) will be available against Northwestern but would not say he's 100 percent.
Hoke said freshman defensive end Mario Ojemudia, who missed last week's game with a "boo boo," is "getting closer" to returning. He's not 100 percent, but "making progress."