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Shoulder injury ends Rudock’s day early

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa (left) and Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) celebrate a crushing sack by Bosa, while Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock lies on the turf, injured, in the fourth quarter. Rudock had to be helped off the field and did not return.

Ann Arbor — Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock’s last play of the regular season left him curled on the field, grimacing in pain and grabbing at his left shoulder.

Rudock was sacked hard by Ohio State’s standout defensive end Joey Bosa early in the fourth quarter of Michigan’s 42-13 loss on Saturday. The irony is that Rudock and Bosa are good friends and former high school teammates at St. Aquinas High in Ft. Lauderdale.

For the second time in the last five games, Rudock was knocked out of the game. He did not finish the Minnesota game after a hard hit left him with bruised ribs and torso, and he did not finish the Ohio State game. Rudock, a graduate transfer who started the last two seasons for Iowa, watched the end of the game from the medical trainer’s bench on the sideline.

“I don’t know how serious it is, but (it is) an AC to the left shoulder,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game.

The AC joint is where the collarbone meets the highest part of the shoulder.

“I know Jake’s a tough kid,” said Jehu Chesson, who caught the only Michigan touchdown of the game. “I know he’s going to bounce back. Injuries are part of this game. It’s hard to go through a football season without having any big hit or big collision. There’s only so much you can control.

“When one guy takes a hit like that, it affects the whole team. We all feel it emotionally, mentally. We all need to rally him and make sure he’s healthy.”

Receiver Amara Darboh said he feels for Rudock.

“Jake’s a great leader, tough guy,” Darboh said. “I thought he played a great game, put the ball where we wanted. I know he’s a tough guy, he’ll bounce back.”

Michigan has one remaining game, a bowl that has not yet been determined. Rudock’s teammates believe he will be there leading the team.

“Each week he takes so many shots and keeps bouncing back up,” tight end Jake Butt said. “He took a big shot from a great big player there. It’s tough to see your leader go down.”