There is some very unfortunate news regarding Michigan star tight end Jake Butt, who was injured during Friday night’s Orange Bowl loss to Florida State in Miami.
Butt injured his knee following a 14-yard reception in the second quarter, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter provided a less than ideal update.
According to Schefter, Butt suffered a torn ACL after taking a low hit from Seminoles junior defensive back Trey Marshall. The senior tight end will require surgery to repair the injury.
Schefter provided the update on Twitter Saturday night.
Michigan TE Jake Butt tore his ACL during Friday night’s Orange Bowl loss and will need to undergo surgery, per source close to school.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2017
Here is the play where Butt was injured:
Hopefully just a scare and a bone bruise at worst for Michigan TE Jake Butt. 🙏pic.twitter.com/D26tJkCcKa
— ACL Recovery Club (@ACLrecoveryCLUB) December 31, 2016
It is a very unfortunate situation for Butt, who was projected to be one of the first tight ends selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, in his final collegiate game.
Now, Butt will be forced to immediately begin rehab with hopes of avoiding a significant draft day slide.
Injuries like this will only reignite the debate over whether star players should suit up in meaningless exhibition games in order to protect themselves for the future.
However, as far as Butt is concerned, he has no regrets about taking the field.
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