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Report: Drake Johnson will not return to Michigan

After battling injuries throughout his career, Michigan running back Drake Johnson will reportedly not return to the team.

After battling injuries throughout his career at Michigan, it appears that running back Drake Johnson will not return to the team.

According to The Michigan Daily's Orion Sang, head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters after hockey coach Red Berenson's retirement press conference that the running back will not be returning to the team after missing most of last season with an injury due to an accident with a forklift.


Johnson missed his redshirt freshman season after tearing his ACL against Central Michigan in the season opener, only to return the next season and tear the same ACL again against Ohio State.

He will finish his career with 641 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Newsome a year away?

As well as the news on Johnson, Harbaugh also provided an update on offensive lineman Grant Newsome and the progress of his rehab on a knee injury.

While returning for the 2017 season appeared to be a longshot at best going into spring camp, the headman told MLive.com's Nick Baumgardner that the team, as well as Newsome, is aiming for a return to the field during the 2018 season.

"(He's doing) much better. He had a thing on the bottom of his foot that wasn't healed, really from just being in bed as long as he was (post surgery)," Harbaugh told MLive on Monday."The next thing will be to start running, things of that nature. It'll be a process. I don't think (he'll be back) this year.

"Right now, we're hoping for next year."

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