Report: Michigan QB Speight has 3 broken vertebrae

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Wilton Speight is expected to miss the remainder of the season with three broken vertebrae in his back, according to a report by ESPN.

ESPN’s Chris Fowler first broke the news during the telecast of Michigan’s 14-10 loss to Michigan State on Saturday, saying, “Wilton Speight … he is out, probably for the season. He has three broken vertebrae, he told us.”

Speight was injured during while being tackled during the first quarter of the Wolverines’ victory over Purdue on Sept. 23. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season, but will be reevaluated in six to eight weeks after the injury occurred. It’s unknown if he will require surgery.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh did not provide specifics on Speight’s injury during the week, saying only that, “he won’t be able to compete this week or for multiple weeks.”

John O’Korn completed 16 of 35 passes for 198 yards with three interceptions on Saturday, posting a 19.9 quarterback rating. Redshirt freshman Brandon Peters is now the primary backup, with freshman Dylan McCaffrey moving up to third string.

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