Ronnie Bell, Michigan's top wide receiver, suffers leg injury during punt return

·2 min read

Silence fell across Michigan Stadium midway through the second quarter Saturday when star receiver Ronnie Bell remained on the turf after a 31-yard punt return.

Bell, who had a 76-yard touchdown reception earlier in the game, was attended to by medical staff for several minutes before he attempted 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. He then was carted off the field.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

After the 47-14 win, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Bell would have an MRI Saturday night, but wouldn't say which body part the player hurt.

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 talent remained obvious.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

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.

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.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan WR Ronnie Bell suffers apparent leg injury against WMU