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Michigan OT Grant Newsome likely to miss 2017 season

Jim Harbaugh said the offensive tackle may play in the 2018 season.

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that offensive tackle Grant Newsome will probably not play in 2017 season.

Instead, a 2018 season return is more likely for the 6-foot-7, 318-pound athlete.

"(He's doing) much better. He had a thing on the bottom of his foot that wasn't healed, really from just being in bed as long as he was (post surgery)," Harbaugh said." The next thing will be to start running, things of that nature. It'll be a process. I don't think (he'll be back) this year.

"Right now, we're hoping for next year."

Newsome is recovering from a leg injury that occurred against Wisconsin on October 1st and put him in the hospital for 40 days. He also missed the last eight games of the 2016 season.

Without Newsome, Michigan could continue to use Mason Cole at the left tackle position with freshman Cesar Ruiz possibly filling in the center role for the Wolverines.

"We're thankful for where Grant is right now, but we're not satisfied and we know he's not either," Harbaugh said. "He'll keep plugging away. (2018 may be) more realistic."