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Michigan's Denard Robinson cleared

Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson will practice Monday and is expected to start this week at Purdue after being sidelined with headaches and dizziness in Saturday's win against Illinois.

Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez said Robinson has been cleared to resume practicing and is "good to go" for the Purdue game. Rodriguez didn't confirm whether Robinson had suffered a concussion but said the quarterback had symptoms but passed all his medical tests Sunday.

"He should be fine," Rodriguez said Monday.

Robinson has started each of Michigan's first nine games despite missing time with injuries in almost all of them. He ranks second nationally in rushing (149.9 ypg) and 11th in pass efficiency (160.9 rating).

Robinson threw for a career-high 305 yards and three touchdowns and had 367 yards of offense despite playing just three quarters against the Illini. His performance ranked sixth in school history after having the top four games in total offense earlier this season.

As spectacular as the player known as Shoelace has been, averaging 20-plus carries a game has taken a toll -- putting him out of three games this season.

He injured his left knee against Bowling Green, hurt his right shoulder against Iowa and was shaken by an unidentified hit Saturday.

"I don't think Denard remembered which one," Rodriguez said.

The embattled coach has said he'll have college football's winningest program where he wants it when there are multiple players who could be starters at every position.

Rodriguez acknowledged he has that luxury at QB with this season's starter -- Robinson -- and last year's -- Tate Forcier -- on the depth chart.

Forcier filled in for Robinson in the fourth quarter and during the three OTs, making the game-winning, 2-point conversion throw. Forcier was 12 of 19 for 114 yards with two TDs and an interception in the final minute of regulation after leading an 80-yard drive that tied the game.

Rodriguez said he also likes the competition he has going between first- and second-string players at running back and on the offensive line, but isn't satisfied with his options on the other side of the ball.

"Nowhere on defense are we there," he said.

Michigan ranks 114th -- out of 120 teams -- in total defense, 115th against the pass and is tied for 104th in the nation with a 33.9 points against average.

The Wolverines, though, will be in a bowl game, unlike their first two seasons with Rodriguez in charge.

"I really think this is the hump we've been trying to get over for a while," linebacker Craig Roh said. "Now that we've got our sixth win, we know we're going to a bowl. Now, we have to just work on getting to the best bowl we can get to."

Rodriguez also announced that reserve running back Teric Jones will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his knee against Illinois.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com. Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.