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Indiana football quarterback Michael Penix Jr. week to week with shoulder injury

<p>Junior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. looks to make a pass Sept. 4, 2021, in Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Penix is week to week with an injury to his throwing shoulder, Indiana head coach Tom Allen said in a press conference Monday. </p>

Junior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. looks to make a pass Sept. 4, 2021, in Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Penix is week to week with an injury to his throwing shoulder, Indiana head coach Tom Allen said in a press conference Monday.

Junior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will be out with an acromioclavicular joint separation in his left shoulder, Indiana football head coach Tom Allen announced in a press conference Monday. 

As of now, the injury will not require surgery, Allen said. Penix will rehab, and the team will evaluate him on a weekly basis.

Penix left Saturday’s game against Penn State after his left shoulder hit the turf during a tackle from Penn State junior linebacker Brandon Smith. During a postgame press conference, Allen said the team would again evaluate Penix on Sunday.

The injury will sideline Penix for the fourth time in his Indiana career. Penix tore his ACL in 2018, suffered a right sternoclavicular joint injury in 2019 and tore his ACL again in 2020

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Penix passed for 939 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions through five games this season and ranks 10th of all time for passing touchdowns at Indiana with 29.

Allen announced junior quarterback Jack Tuttle will start in relief of Penix, and freshman Donaven McCulley will be the backup. Tuttle started two games in 2020 and entered the game after Penix’s injury Saturday.

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