But while he's not fully 100-percent healthy, he's "progressing" and making the right strides early on in spring practice, said offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
"I think Devin has worked extremely hard, he's had a great attitude," Nussmeier said. "He gets better every day from the knowledge of the system, understanding, learning. Obviously, coming off the injury he's getting healthier too. So really pleased with how he has worked and how he is progressing."
Gardner, who went 7-5 as starter last season, said he injured his foot early in the third quarter of Michigan's 42-41 loss to Ohio State last season. He has only been running for less than a month, so he's not getting all the first-team reps, said Nussmeier.
"Devin coming off the injury," Nussmeier said. "We want to bring him along. And bring him along with a pace that his comfortable. But at the same time is helping him get stronger each and every day."
Nussmeier said Shane Morris, who's first career start came in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, is sharing first team reps with Gardner.
"Shane is a very talented young man," Nussmeier said. " … The biggest thing for Shane is there is still a large learning curve, and he's worked extremely hard with the system – and he's got to get better each and every time we come out."