Injury Updates: McLimans, Dumars & Novak

Dylan Burkhardt

The Michigan basketball coaching staff has made social media a point of emphasis over the last several months and it has certainly been beneficial to Michigan fans. Coach Beilein and all three assistants have taken up tweeting and Beilein has also launched his own website. The extra coverage proved extremely valuable during Michigan’s trip to Europe and it’s given fans another perspective on the Michigan program. With the first practice less than a month away it will be interesting to see how the staff continues to utilize social media throughout the season.

Plenty of the content on is fluff, such as this piece about his childhood basketball court, but there is also some useful content. Most recently Beilein posted a number of injury updates:

We’re a little banged up right now, we have several injuries that will keep a couple of guys out for a few weeks. Blake McLimans got tangled up with Jon Horford and injured his elbow so he’s going to be out for at least a couple of weeks. He’s learning at such a great rate, but if injuries are going to happen this is a better time to have them opposed to deep in the season.

Jordan Dumars is going to have minor surgery on his knee and the length of time that he will miss depends on how successful surgery is tomorrow (Tuesday). And Zack Novak had his wisdom teeth pulled, so he’ll be out for a few days. We’re down to 11 guys here for a little bit but Zack will be back soon, we hope to have Blake back within a few weeks and we’re hoping that everything goes well for Jordan tomorrow. We’ll know more about the time frame for when he’ll be healthy after that is completed.

None of the injuries appear to be major issues but the most troubling one is McLiman’s elbow injury. Michigan needs McLimans and Morgan to stay healthy all year but they also need the practice time because of their lack of experience.

  • Section13Row15

    Any news on Colton Christian’s injury? Is he 100%?

  • Kenny

    Seriously, need a facelift. Maybe Dylan can lend a hand.

  • Sam

    Yeah, I have seen McLimans around campus a couple times recently. He had a sling on his left arm the one time and the next day the sling was off, revealing a bionic arm of sorts. It didn’t look good but hopefully it heals fast and he’s ready to go soon.

  • Tom_McC

    Elbow and shoulder injuries typically require some immobilization, even if they aren’t deemed as very serious.

  • AG2

    I don’t want to get too off topic, but with more and more dirt coming out every day about Bruce Pearl and Tennessee Basketball, how has the university *not* fired him? Its like they intend to benefit from this by using it to impose a pay cut on Pearl.

    I don’t know if the SEC is just more tolerant of recruiting violations or if this is a national thing. The NCAA claims to be stepping up enforcement but I’m starting to wonder if its too late because schools are willing to tolerate it as commonplace and an acceptable cost of having a winning program with lots of ESPN exposure.

  • Other Matt


    I read this article the other day that said that Bruce Pearl has an “O’Brien” clause in his contract that basically states he cannot be fired before the NCAA goes through “due process” and issues a final ruling. So, if Tennessee fires him he can sue for the remainder of the salary left on his contract even if the NCAA later finds him guilty of major violations. Interesting, tremendously stupid, but interesting none the less.

  • Bluebufoon

    Pearl is a Rock-star in Knoxville. He put Tennessee basketball back on the map, so it will take very serious violations to get the folks at UT to fire him. In case you don’t follow Tennessee Athletics, examples being former football coaches Phillip Fulmer and Lane Kiffen, playing by the rules isn’t a very high priority on Rocky Top.

  • AG2

    Well, its possible it could reinforce the idea that you have to recruit dirty to stay competitive.

    In other news:

    Sean Miller over-recruited so much he had to tell Amir Williams he was pulling his scholarship offer.

  • georgeesq.

    How can he over-sign by two? What if no one leaves early or transfers? Is he allowed to accept LOIs from more players than he currently has scholarships?

  • Ryan

    This quote interested me, “but if injuries are going to happen this is a better time to have them opposed to deep in the season.” Did he make a deal with the Lord or Devil that McLimans could be hurt before the season but not “deep” into it? I’m more comfortable after that confidence in regards to injuries.