The Michigan Wolverines moved to 1-0 on the 2021 season with a 47-14 win over Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon, but it extracted a toll. Senior captain and wide receiver Ronnie Bell suffered a leg injury in the first half and ultimately had to be carted off of the Michigan sideline.
He appeared to clutch his right knee after a punt return in the second quarter.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about Bell after the game and did not have much to offer outside of prayers for his outcome. He revealed that Bell will undergo an MRI on Saturday night to determine his status moving forward.
Bell was spotted in a wheelchair in the Michigan tunnel after he was taken off the field. Prior to that, he had one catch for 76 yards and a touchdown in addition to an insane catch that was called back for offensive pass interference.
“It’s very difficult seeing a teammate, a brother, out there hurt,” quarterback Cade McNamara said. “Ronnie’s a big part of this team. I’m praying, whatever it is, for him to be able to be okay. Obviously, it’s super difficult. You hate to see it.”
In Bell’s absence, Michigan turned to AJ Henning, Roman Wilson and Daylen Baldwin throughout the rest of the game. Henning scored a rushing touchdown, while Baldwin was on the receiving end of a strike from J.J. McCarthy.
The Wolverines are in action next week against Washington in a primetime game scheduled for 8 p.m. ET from the Big House in Ann Arbor.