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X-rays and MRI negative for IU football quarterback Michael Penix, Jr., who will remain starter

Indiana dodged a bullet on Saturday.

Starting quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. suffered an injury to his non-throwing hand against Cincinnati and had x-rays and an MRI after the game.

On Monday head coach Tom Allen reported that Penix should be fine after the tests came back negative for fractures.

“Both (tests) came back good,” Allen said.  “He should be fine physically.”

Penix threw for a season high 224 yards but had three interceptions in the 38-24 loss to Cincinnati.

“He made some really good throws that not many guys can make,” Allen said on Monday.  “But the mistakes were costly, and it is about protecting the football, and he knows it.”

Penix is up to six interceptions on the season, already two more than his 2020 total despite 133 fewer attempts to this point.

“He’s pressing in those moments, trying to do too much,” is how Allen summarized his post-game film review of his fourth year quarterback.

Allen confirmed Penix will be the starting quarterback for this Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky.

“Michael Penix is our starting quarterback, and I believe in him with 100 percent of my heart,” Allen said.  “Our team feels the same way.  We’re going through this together.”

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