Silence fell across Michigan Stadium midway through the second quarter Saturday when Michigan football star receiver Ronnie Bell remained on the turf following a 31-yard punt return.
Bell, who already hauled in a 76-yard touchdown earlier in the game, was attended to by medical staff for several minutes before attempting to walk off the field. He was unable to put pressure on his right leg and ultimately needed trainers and teammates to carry him toward the sideline, where the examinations continued.
Bell sat with a towel draped on his head behind the Michigan bench as running back Hassan Haskins turned the punt return into a 22-yard touchdown that extended the Wolverines’ lead to 24-7.
The injury could prove catastrophic for a Michigan team that lacked proven talent on the perimeter behind Bell, the unquestioned No. 1 receiver. In addition to his lengthy touchdown reception, Bell also made a highlight-reel catch down the left sideline with the fingertips on his right hand earlier in the game. Bell was flagged for pass interference on the play, but his supreme athleticism and talent remained obvious.
At the start of the third quarter, ESPN’s Kris Budden reported that Bell was ruled out for the rest of the
Bell was the team’s leading receiver each of the last two years. He had 26 catches for 401 yards and one touchdown during the shortened 2020 season.