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Ambry Thomas announces return to practice for Michigan Football

The junior cornerback has been dealing with colitis.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 22 Nebraska at Michigan Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Ambry Thomas is back with his Michigan teammates and preparing to play for the 2019 football season, he announced on Thursday afternoon. The junior cornerback was previously dealing with colitis and was labeled as out indefinitely by the university.

“Happy to announce I’m back on the field with my guys,” Thomas wrote Thursday afternoon on Twitter. “Thanks for all the prayers and wishes. #Goblue”

Head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters during his Aug. 13 media availability that Thomas was not on the team’s 110-man practice roster and that there was no timetable for a return. At the time of this posting, it remains unclear what day exactly Thomas returned or the type of participation that he has right now.

Harbaugh had said it was a matter of being cleared medically, then working to put weight back on before resuming football activities. We are not sure where Thomas is at in that process, but he had been spotted on campus having lost a noticeable mount of weight.

It does not seem that Michigan has much to gain by rushing him back, especially with an early bye week coming after the first two weeks of the season. Depending on how well the recovery goes, perhaps we could see him on the field for the Wisconsin game. Again, this is speculatory, as no timetable has been made available.

In his stead, Vincent Gray is expected to step in at the other cornerback spot opposite Lavert Hill when the season begins next week.