Michigan 'shuts down' Jordan Morgan at Wisconsin due to ankle, leaving him questionable for Tuesday
That progress didn't last long, apparently.
Morgan was not active during Saturday's 65-62 overtime loss at Wisconsin. He's missed two full games and all but small amounts of time in two more since severely twisting his ankle at Illinois late last month.
"It was just a really serious ankle sprain," Beilein said Saturday. "It's getting better, he'd like to think it's getting better saying 'coach, I can go, I can go.' Then you get out there, and he doesn't go.
"He's not pushing it and jumping and running and it's bothering (him), it's distracting him right now, from what he's got to do."
With Morgan on the sideline, Michigan started sophomore Jon Horford for a fourth straight game -- but once again gave freshman Mitch McGary the lion's share of the minutes at center, as he logged a season-high 32, with 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Horford, meanwhile, struggled around the basket in his seven minutes of action -- going 1 of 4 from the field with a turnover.
Redshirt freshman Max Bielfeldt played 18 minutes off the bench, finishing with 2 points and 4 rebounds. The rebounding battle was even at 39-39.
There's no word on whether or not Morgan will be available Tuesday when Michigan visits Michigan State (9 p.m., ESPN).
But at this point, it's pretty clear Michigan could use him back in the lineup.
"Jordan got through practice OK on Thursday, (Friday) it was really slow," Beilein said. "So we just said 'you're not going to get better if we don't just shut you down.'
"We said 'Max's doing it every day, let's give him a shot.' We gave him a shot, I love what he did."
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