JJ McCarthy injury: Jim Harbaugh addresses QB rumors

Rumors have swirled around an injury to Michigan Wolverines quarterback JJ McCarthy over the past few days until head coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the situation with reporters during Tuesday’s press conference. Harbaugh said McCarthy hasn’t been throwing during spring practice with arm soreness but does not expect surgery to be necessary.

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While it’s certainly good news McCarthy is not in need of surgery at this point, he’s missing valuable reps in the middle of a quarterback competition with Cade McNamara.

McNamara started all 14 games last season and took Michigan to the College Football Playoff for the first time, but McCarthy should have a chance to take over as the highest rated quarterback recruit in the Harbaugh era, according to 247Sports.

McNmara completed 64.2% of his passes for 2,576 yards with 15 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in his first season as the Wolverines’ full-time starter in 2021. McCarthy has a much limited sample size despite playing in 11 games, completing 34 of 59 (57.6%) of throws for 516 yards with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions as a true freshman.

The injury news for JJ McCarthy continues what’s been a rocky offseason for the Wolverines. Harbaugh interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings on National Signing Day but was reportedly not offered the job and when he came back, offensive coordinator Josh Gattis left for the Miami Hurricanes.

Michigan is coming off a season in which it finished 12-2 overall with its first Big Ten Championship since 2004 and reached the CFP for the first time.

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