Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - The University of Michigan was dealt with a blow at the start of its spring practices, as junior linebacker and leading tackler Jake Ryan tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday.
An All-Big Ten second team performer in 2012, Ryan led the Wolverines in tackles (88) and sacks (4.5) and ranked third in the conference in tackles for loss (16). He also set a new Michigan single-season record with five forced fumbles.
"You always hate when anyone gets injured and unfortunately we've dealt with our share of injuries in the last 12 months," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "We will support Jake to make sure he has everything he needs to get through this. I know he will attack his rehabilitation just like he does everything else and will be back when he's ready."