Michigan coach John Beilein says Caris LeVert now has a timeline for a possible return, the senior remains out for Wednesday vs. Rutgers.

Michigan coach John Beilein says Caris LeVert now has a timeline for a possible return, the senior remains out for Wednesday vs. Rutgers.

The outlook for Michigan senior guard Caris LeVert hasn't exactly changed much but John Beilein did offer an encouraging update for Wolverine fans Tuesday afternoon.

"I think we are, for the first time, we have a timeline that we've established," Beilein said. "When you see him out on the court you'll know what that timeline looked like."

That timeline does not include a return to the floor for Wednesday's 7 p.m. tip-off with Rutgers out at Crisler Center.

Missing the last six games with a lower leg injury, LeVert is poised to miss his seventh in a row against the Scarlet Knights.

"Caris has had more testing, things continue to go in the right direction but he is not ready to play yet," Beilein said. "And we hope it's very soon but he is moving in the right direction."

The good news for Michigan is the response of LeVert's teammates, compiling a 4-2 record without him, keeping the Wolverines very much in the conversation for the Big Ten Conference Title.

As Michigan State has found out though, it can be a challenge welcoming back the star of the team, recently snapping a three game skid after Denzel Valentine underwent a minor operation.

The process of LeVert's return could look a little different than normal.

"There's definitely a benefit but I do think that once he does return there's a transition a lot of teams go through," Beilein said. "We have a certain rhythm right now and that rhythm will change, sometimes you don't dance as well when the rhythm changes, immediately. It takes a while to dance again."

"Phasing him back through practice and then maybe spot minutes in his first games and after that, back to the norm."


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