Derrick Walton day-to-day with toe injury, D.J. Wilson out 3-4 weeks

Alejandro Zúñiga

Junior guard Derrick Walton is day-to-day with a left toe injury and will be a game-time decision for Tuesday’s ACC/Big Ten challenge contest against Syracuse, Michigan coach John Beilein announced Monday.

Walton suffered the injury — either a sprain or turf toe, Beilein said — during last Tuesday’s loss to Villanova in the Legends Classic. The guard didn’t dress for Saturday’s 91-62 win over Nicholls State and wore a boot during the game.

Whether Walton plays Tuesday, Beilein explained, is “a little bit up to him.” However, the coach said Walton hasn’t practiced at full-speed since the injury.

“We’re not going to push him one bit,” Beilein said.

Freshman forward DJ Wilson has been ruled out for the Syracuse game with a sprained knee and will miss three-to-four weeks as he recovers. Beilein called the injury “minor,” and added that it will not require surgery.

Beilein said the Wolverines will explore redshirting the freshman forward. The NCAA requires a student-athlete participant to suffer a season-ending injury and participant in less than 30% of a team’s games to be eligible for a medical redshirt. Wilson played in Michigan’s first five  games, scoring 2 points in 24 minutes.

Wilson also suffered the injury against Villanova. He walked with the help of crutches Saturday as the Wolverines breezed by Nicholls State.

This is Wilson’s second injury while at Michigan. The versatile freshman missed the team’s four games in Italy this summer with a broken pinky.

  • Feel bad for Wilson. He keeps missing those easier reps a freshman needs to get it going when it gets real.

  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    Seems likely that Wilson will be redshirted. The kid needs to add some strength because he’d get mauled in the post once the Big Ten season starts.

  • arete

    Always nice to hear the forthrightness with which Beilein speaks. He says it like it is. We hear it now about Derek’s injury. We heard it before when the Harris/Sims team began to struggle–at some point Beilein simply said the team was not improving, he did not know why, and that never happened to him before. Why do we not hear that kind of candor from the other revenue sport? Could that have something to do with knowing how to coach?

    • david

      spot on dude