Michigan is going to have to play without Grant Newsome for the rest of the season. The left tackle suffered a serious knee injury during Saturday’s 14-7 win against Wisconsin.
As Newsome’s teammates and coaches continue to speak highly of the lineman, at least one isn’t happy with the low hit: fellow OL Kyle Kalis.
According to MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner and Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, Kalis said he thinks the hit by Wisconsin’s Derrick Tindal was a cheap shot (though not illegal) because the defender went low toward the knee.
Kalis says he felt the hit on Newsome was a cheap shot. Defender went right at his knee.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 4, 2016
Kalis said he thought the hit on Newsome was a cheap shot, not illegal though
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) October 4, 2016
Grant Newsome: 6-7, 317
Derrick Tindal: 5-11, 175
A guy that outweighs you by 142 pounds is coming to knock you out. What would you do? https://t.co/5JPAfxcIEm
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) October 4, 2016
Regardless, Michigan is dealing with a tough injury to a starter.
“They should write a book on how to raise kids to become like Grant Newsome. He is the finest,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said on Monday. “He’s handling it like a champ. He’s as tough as a two-dollar steak.”
Tindal was obviously bothered by seeing Newsome get hurt. He tweeted at Newsome saying he was praying for him.
@grant_newsome praying for you bro never out there to hurt someone get well soon
— Derrick D.T Tindal (@TindalIsland) October 3, 2016
On Tuesday, the injured Newsome went to Twitter to thank fans and everyone for their support.
“Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers,” Newsome said. “It means more to me than you can know.”
Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. It means more to me than you can know.
— Grant Newsome (@grant_newsome) October 4, 2016