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Michigan QB Cade McNamara Provides Update After Knee Surgery

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Cade McNamarawho quarterbacked the Michigan football team to the 2021 Big Ten title and started in a game for the Wolverines this fall, underwent knee surgery this week, he confirmed on social media.

McNamara posted a pre-surgery photo Wednesday morning and offered the following update Thursday night:

I want to start by thanking everyone for all the love and support. Turns out I’ve been dealing with a serious injury since the middle of last season. So after suffering another serious knee injury this season, my goal was to get back on the field as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I was unable to heal myself properly, but thanks to Dr. ElAttrache he was able to help me determine exactly what I needed to do to get back to the best version of myself. What lies ahead is a lot of work and rehabilitation, but I’ll be back better than ever!

Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache is the chief medical officer for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Dodgers.

McNamara, a captain, suffered the leg injury near the end of the first half of Michigan’s win over UConn in mid-September. Initially, the coach Jim Harbaugh seemed to indicate that the QB could return to action in the coming weeks.

“I’m sure he will heal quickly,” Harbaugh said in September. “Tough as nails, kind of guy. He’s going to rehabilitate for a while here. Some rest and treatment.”

But McNamara hasn’t dressed for the Wolverines since that UConn game, and he hasn’t traveled to road competitions — an indication that he wasn’t close to returning. Now, his season is almost certainly over after his knee surgery. As he participated in less than 30% of Michigan games in 2022, McNamara could qualify for a medical redshirt, extending his college eligibility.

As a starter in all 14 games of the 2021 season, McNamara completed 210 of 327 pass attempts for 2,576 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions, adding a rushing touchdown. These efforts helped lead the Wolverines to their first victory over Ohio State in a decade, a Big Ten title, and their first college football playoff appearance.

McNamara, the first QB to be elected captain under Jim Harbaugh in Michigan, started the first game of the 2022 season before ceding the lead role to JJ McCarthy.

With McNamara presumably out of the season, Harbaugh will lean on either one. Alan Bowman🇧🇷 Davis Warren or Alex Orji as the backup for JJ McCarthy. All three have played this season, and Warren seems like the most likely option as he played a series against Rutgers last week.

Warren has completed three of his six passing attempts and rushed for 30 yards in four games this season.

McNamara’s legacy at Michigan will forever be highlighted by Ohio State’s 2021 game, when he completed 13 of 19 passes, added a nine-yard rush and helped lead the show back to victory in The Game. When he was elected captain in 2022, he said the following:

“I am extremely honored to be elected captain. To be a player only vote and for his teammates to recognize him as the leader of the team, there is no greater accomplishment, I don’t think especially at this level. The message was how honored I am, the potential and where we are as a team, how excited I am for the season and also how blessed I am to be recognized by them. And I love them.”

A bevy of McNamara’s teammates — including Olu Oluwatimi, Andrel Anthony, Davis Warren, Alex Orji, Zak Zinter, Mason Graham and RJ Moten — shared messages of support for McNamara Thursday night.

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