Michigan TE Jake Butt tore his ACL in the Orange Bowl on Friday night and will need surgery to repair it, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday.
Butt was expected to be one of the first tight ends taken in the 2017 NFL Draft. The recovery time for a torn ACL is typically at least six months and can be closer to nine.
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
Butt left the Orange Bowl in the first quarter with what looked like a leg injury, limping off on his own then giving a thumbs up to the crowd. After the game, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Butt may have injured his MCL or ACL.
Butt tweeted after the game, a 33-32 Wolverines loss to Florida State, that he doesn’t regret playing in the Orange Bowl despite the injury risks and never thought twice about it. The topic gained increased attention this postseason as several players, most notably LSU RB Leonard Fournette and Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey, sat out their teams’ bowl games. ESPN’s Darren Rovell says Butt has a $2 million insurance policy he’ll collect if he drops past the second round.
Butt has a $2 million loss of value policy that he will begin to collect on if he slips beyond the 2nd round. https://t.co/Cxt6o6arQe
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 1, 2017
Butt also tore his ACL and meniscus in 2014
Butt made 43 catches for 518 yards and 4 touchdowns this regular season en route to the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end. He was nearly a consensus first-team All-American and won the Senior CLASS Award, given to an athlete who excels in the classroom, community, in character and on the field.
Butt caught 138 passes for 1,646 yards and 11 touchdowns in 49 career games including the Orange Bowl.