Michigan’s Grant Newsome went through six surgeries during a 40-day hospital stay. But that was the easy part, considering Newsome was minutes from having his right leg amputated when it was first injured.
“It was pretty close. Not going into too much detail, but minutes,” Newsome told reporters in Rome on Tuesday. He also thanked Michigan’s medical staff again and again.
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Newsome injured his right knee on Oct. 1 against Wisconsin, and while coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t provide specifics, he said it was “as serious as a knee injury can be.”
Newsome, the left tackle, was pulling left on a De’Veon Smith run and got hit in the knees by Wisconsin’s Derrick Tindal. The play begins at the 3:37 mark in this video.
Newsome did walk off the field under his own power.
“Not sure. Probably a little bit of shock. My mom was at the game, so I didn’t want her to worry,” he said. “None of us really thought it was that serious because there was so much swelling.”
Newsome isn’t expected to play this season, but might return in 2018. He started the team’s first five games last season.