Michigan coach John Beilein updates the status of Caris LeVert but the senior remains doubtful for Nebraska.

Michigan coach John Beilein updates the status of Caris LeVert but the senior remains doubtful for Nebraska.

Although Michigan coach John Beilein didn't completely rule Caris LeVert out for Saturday's trip to Nebraska, the optimism is not high.

Out since a late scratch prior to the Wolverines win over Penn State on Jan. 2, Beilein called the senior captain "doubtful" against the Cornhuskers.

While discouraged for Saturday's game, Beilein is encouraged with some of the progress overall.

"Caris had done water workouts, he's done swimming, he's actually done some treadmill work which is all new," he said. 

"He's progressing. Doubtful for this game but he is progressing, doing some light shooting."

Lately, Beilein ordinarily addresses LeVert's status in the opening statement of his press conference, not overly thrilled to answer any questions.

Friday was slightly different, as Beilein was pressed further, even asked if LeVert is expected to return at some point this season.

"Oh yeah, without a doubt," he said. "That's the hope. I don't see anything getting in the way of it."

Also asked to detail what exactly the issue is outside of just a lower leg injury, Beilein did confirm this is in no way associated with the stress fracture LeVert suffered last season.

"It's not related," Beilein said. "It's just an injury."

Offering even more insight, Beilein believes, if nothing else, the Wolverines are being overly careful.

"It's healing well," Beilein said. "We're just being conservative. If he says, 'OK I think I can try today,' OK, why don't we just wait one or two more days. 

"That's what we're waiting for. We're to that point, we're finally pain free. Now is he pain free when he's running? Because we've got a whole lot more of the season left."


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