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Michigan coach John Beilein said yesterday that exams on Jordan Morgan's injured right ankle revealed that he had no broken bones.

Beilein told the Michigan Insider on WTKA 1050 that "nothing is broken" and Morgan watched practice while "walking around and using crutches only lightly."

The junior forward suffered an ankle sprain two minutes into the second-ranked Wolverines' 74-60 win at Illinois on Sunday and never returned. Morgan fell awkwardly (just take a look at that ankle. Ouch!) to the ground under the Wolverines' basket while trying to catch a pass. He grabbed his knee and lower leg and stood up, attempting to walk to the Michigan bench, but was helped to the locker room by team trainers.

Morgan returned to the bench before halftime and did not have any protective gear on his leg, but was still walking with a limp. He spent the second half of the game with his warm-ups on.

With Morgan on the bench, sophomore forward Jon Hoford and redshirt freshman Max Bielfeldt supplemented freshman Mitch McGary in the front court. Bielfeldt had a foot injury himself earlier in the season.

"I gave him a hug, I know how that feels," said Hoford, who missed five games this season with a knee injury after earning a medical redshirt last season due to a foot injury. "It's really hard when you know you can't do anything except be there to support. I was just telling him it's all going to be good, he's going to bounce right back."

Beilein has not ruled out Morgan for tonight's home game against Northwestern and would not hold him out even if he's healthy enough to play. "If anybody thinks that Northwestern is a walkover you're absolutely crazy. We've got to come to play, and that's the only game on our calendar right now," Beilein said.

Morgan is a 6-foot 8 player from U-D Jesuit and has started 88 of 89 games in his Michigan career. This season he is averaging 19.9 minutes, 6.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and a team-best .626 field goal percentage.

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