Taking to twitter and Instagram Monday afternoon, Gardner sent out the following picture and message:
Inside the Instagram photo Gardner elaborated saying, “A lil compilation of how I'm feeling right now! Visited with the doctor today and I am finally off of crutches! #TripleBlessed #AllSmiles #ThankGod.”
First seen with the crutches at Michigan’s annual football bust back on Dec. 9, Gardner sat out the Wolverines’ bowl game on Dec. 28, a 31-14 loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
True freshman quarterback Shane Morris made his first career start in Gardner’s place completing 24 of his 38 passes for 196 yards and an interception.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke referred to Gardner’s injury as turf toe but a report surfaced just days prior to the Wolverines match-up with the Wildcats indicating his left foot was broken during a 42-41 loss to Ohio State on Nov. 30.
No timetable has been given for Gardner’s recovery but with just over one month left before spring practice officially gets underway for Michigan under new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, getting Gardner back on the field for those 15 practices would be of great value.
After spending the 2013 season with just two scholarship quarterbacks Michigan will have the luxury of four on the depth chart this fall with the return of redshirt sophomore Russell Bellomy (torn ACL) and early-enrolled true freshman Wilton Speight.