ANN ARBOR - Fitz Toussaint is done, gone for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a gruesome left leg injury he incurred Saturday, in the first quarter of Michigan's 42-17 win over Iowa.
Michigan Coach Brady Hoke said the running back was expected to be released from the hospital today, two days after undergoing surgery on his left leg.
“It went well,” Hoke said of the surgery. “He should have a full recovery. We’ll move forward and he’ll move forward."
But, he added, "No one wants that for any kid."
Hoke did not elaborate on Toussaint’s injury or the subsequent surgery, but said he expects the redshirt junior to return for the 2013 season.
Michigan's top tailback is gone, and the rushing duties will now likely fall upon three players - quarterback-slash-tailback Denard Robinson and running backs Thomas Rawls and Vincent Smith.
Robinson has carried the load for the ground game this season, with 1044 yards and six touchdowns on 144 carries. Rawls has 240 yards and four touchdowns on 52 carries, while Smith has 83 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.
Do Rawls' teammates believe he's ready to take over that starting position?
"He has to," quarterback Devin Gardner said. "He has to be ready, and I thought he is. And Vincent Smith is ready, too. Everybody forgets about Vincent Smith, who's also a great running back. I just can't wait for those guys to get the opportunity. Even Justice Hayes is ready to play."
In case you're ISO a ticket or two to Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan game in Columbus, expect to shell out some cash. Columbus Business First reports today that a ticket on the secondary market will cost anywhere from $200 and go up to $1,000 for a club seat between the 30-yard lines. For a ticket with a face value of $70.