Michigan coach John Beilein addressed senior Caris LeVert Friday afternoon, discussing his status heading into Saturday vs. Purdue.

Michigan coach John Beilein addressed senior Caris LeVert Friday afternoon, discussing his status heading into Saturday vs. Purdue.

If just one thing was clear Friday, it's that Michigan coach John Beilein is tired of the speculation surrounding the possible return of senior captain Caris LeVert.

Now out for the last 11 games with an unknown lower left leg injury, Beilein brought LeVert up in his opening statement leading into Saturday's home test with Purdue.

After previously stating Tuesday that LeVert had been cleared to play by doctors, Beilein made it extremely apparent that does not mean he's supposed to be on the floor.

"I want to be clear about something with Caris, nothing is clear," Beilein said. "That's what I want you to be clear of. 

"When I hear he's cleared to play, he's cleared to play when he feels 100-percent and I feel I'm on board 100-percent."

With fans clearly eager for the return of the senior, especially in a stretch in which Michigan has lost two of the last three games, Beilein again pointed out there are many factors weighing into this decision.

"Let's not go out there and just try to throw stuff out there," Beilein said. "He will be cleared to play when he feels good and I agree with him. 

"He's at a total of three practice hours now, total and if he says he's ready and I agree, he's going to get out there. But frankly, he is not ready yet so he's going to get out there when he's ready."

Whether or not LeVert will be out there against the Boilermakers Saturday is still a mystery.

Given Beilein's comments today and the general tenor in the opening statement, expecting LeVert to be on the floor for the Wolverines tomorrow is unlikely.

But again, there is no date for return and Beilein prefers to keep it that way to protect LeVert, and Michigan.

"I want to be optimistic, I want to do all those things but we are making sure this young man makes the right decision for our team," Beilein said. "If he plays in that game the other day and he's not ready, maybe we don't win it. 

"So let's be clear with this thing, I need everybody to just back off, watch what happens and when he's out there, he's out there. Stop projecting. Thank you."


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