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Chris Evans to be reinstated for winter term, return to football team

Michigan is re-adding some speed to its backfield for 2020.

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Chris Evans is officially back with the Michigan Wolverines, effective for the winter term to kick off the 2020 year, head coach Jim Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. The running back will resume football activities immediately upon his re-arrival at the school.

“He had a meeting...productive meeting...scheduled meeting to see if he’d be reinstated back into the school,” Harbaugh said. “My understanding that he will be (back) for the winter term. And we will welcome him back to the football team.”

Evans was dealing with an academic suspension and has been sidelined for 2019 while working his way back. He somewhat cryptically tweeted last week that he was set for a 2020 return, so Harbaugh’s update is confirmation and an end to the speculation. Evans will join a backfield that includes Zach Charbonnet and Hassan Haskins next season.

Evans was Michigan’s second-leading rusher in 2018 and finished with 423 yards on 81 carries and four touchdowns, along with 18 catches for 148 yards and a score through the air.

This story is developing.