Michigan Football Rumor: Nick Sheridan Breaks His Leg

Rob SmeltzerCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Nick Sheridan #8 of the Michigan Wolverines runs the ball during the Big Ten Conference game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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An unconfirmed report has leaked that Michigan's returning quarterback Nick Sheridan has broken his leg at the spring practices. 

While I'm sure most Wolverine fans think this is no big loss with freshman Tate Forcier in the fold this year, losing a returning upperclassman at a position of need is a big deal.  Sheridan has experience running Rich Rodriguez's spread attack, and that carries value. 

Now if Forcier happens to get hurt or not make the progress the Wolverines are looking for, they might not have another option. It's only March and the season is still months away, but breaking a leg and taking rehab time will put a damper on Sheridan's growth this offseason. 

Also, another rumor floating around the Big House is that backup quarterback David Cone may have broken his hand. Talk about a thin position heading into the fall practices. 

The Wolverines may be looking at focusing a little more time on Justin Feagin at quarterback now that he will get ample reps in practice. Also, if Forcier fails to make progress by the April 11 spring game, look for an instant impact out of Denard Robinson, who is said to be shifty on his feet but raw at the finer points of quarterbacking. 

This may just add to all the questions being asked as the team heads into Season Two of the Rich Rodriguez era.