John Beilein ‘not optimistic’ that Caris LeVert will play against Maryland

Zach Shaw

Michigan head coach John Beilein addressed Caris LeVert’s injury status on Monday afternoon ahead of Tuesday’s marquee home matchup against Maryland.

Beilein reported that LeVert is feeling less pain, but took practice off on Sunday. The head coach is not optimistic that his star senior guard will play against the Terps.

“You all want your Caris update, which it seems like we’ve been having the injury report here for three years,” Beilein said on Monday. “So the injury report is that there is less pain every day, less yesterday, we elected to not have him still practice yesterday to let the healing try to complete itself.

“I’m not optimistic about tomorrow. The longer it goes, the more he’s going to need 2 to 3 days of practice, or he won’t be ready of he could risk further injury. That’s all I’ve got to say, and that’s all I prefer to say.”

LeVert injured his lower left leg late in the game at Illinois when he appeared to step on an Illinois player’s foot. LeVert remained in the game at Illinois, but sat out Michigan’s win over Penn State and loss at Purdue over the last two weeks.

LeVert underwent surgery on his left foot in spring of 2014 and winter of 2015 to repair fractures. The 6-foot-6 senior is an All-American candidate and leads Michigan in scoring (17.6 points), rebounding (5.4) and assists (5.2).

  • A2MIKE

    Commence speculation of career ending….

    • A2MIKE

      career at Michigan…

    • Chillax

      Are you calling a Spike and Caris retirement in the same year. Only at Michigan do players retire.

  • gobluemd16

    This is a really bad sign. Tomorrow’s game will be almost two full weeks since the injury.

  • Mark Worthley

    When they disclose such a limited amount of information, it’s tough not to speculate. Is he fine and they are just being coy for opposing coaches? Or, is it a bad injury requiring surgery in a few weeks? Aside from the fact that he isn’t walking around in a boot, we know nothing about what he’s facing.

    I hope he’s well soon and playing great.

    • gobluemd16

      I think the fact that he tried to practice last Wednesday before Purdue and again this weekend (presumably why he had to sit out Sunday’s practice) is a good sign. If he required surgery, not sure why they would practice him. Regardless, the fact that he isn’t playing two weeks after the injury is why I think the injury is a bad sign.

      • Mark Worthley

        Didn’t Walton continue to try to play and practice last season before surgery was eventually recommended?

  • gobluemd16

    Even if he knew Caris was out, maybe Coach should have continued the mystery to hamper MD’s preparation. Something like, “He wasn’t able to practice Sunday, but is experiencing less pain and is still day to day. He is questionable for tomorrow.”

  • Kenny

    This is very annoying. It probably will take another 2-weeks.

  • bobohle

    More and more this is sounding like the Walton injury last year . Afraid he may injure something else.

  • rlcBlue

    rlcBlue ‘not optimistic’ Michigan will compete for conference title.

    • Mattski

      If he has practiced and is improving, that sounds reassuring. The second part of this–“concern is for the season and his career” is both difficult to parse and potentially contradicts the first statement.