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Michigan TE Jake Butt says he's running after February ACL surgery

Michigan tight end Jake Butt tore his ACL in offseason workouts and had surgery to repair the torn ACL in February. Butt tweeted on Wednesday saying he is now running.

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When Michigan kicks off against Appalachian State on Aug. 30, it will be without their rising sophomore tight end Jake Butt due to a torn ACL injury suffered in February.

However, if the pace continues, it appears Michigan may get their starter back sooner rather than later.

Butt tweeted out the latest rehab progress on Wednesday and let people know that he was mobile and even doing some light running only three months after surgery.

News first came out about Butt's knee injury on Feb. 13 which he suffered during offseason conditioning drills. He had successful surgery on Feb. 28.

The Pickerington, Ohio native was expected to become Michigan's every-down tight end, which would allow Devin Funchess to convert to full-time receiver. Butt finished 2013 with 20 catches for 235 and two touchdowns. He had his best performance of the season against Ohio State. Catching five passes for 85 yards and one touchdown.

With a timetable in place, Michigan coach Brady Hoke did not rule out Butt's return sometime during the season. During spring media sessions, he even went as far as saying that he could start seeing time during game three or four of Big Ten play, similar to Jake Ryan a season ago.

However, everyone heals differently, but it appears Butt is on the right track.

As for now, Michigan will rely heavily on juniors A.J. Williams and converted defensive lineman Keith Heitzman until Butt is ready to return to the lineup.

Joshua Henschke covers University of Michigan football for SB Nation's Maize n Brew. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshuaHenschke.