Michigan's Toussaint '85 to 90 percent'

March, 28, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint said he is "85 to 90 percent" recovered from a broken left tibia and a fractured left fibula suffered in the first quarter against Iowa on Nov. 17.

The recovery for the redshirt senior, who had surgery to repair the broken bones that day, is going ahead of schedule.

"I thought it was a cramp," Toussaint said. "I didn't know it was that serious of an injury. I wanted to get back up but I remember somebody telling me sit down, stay down. It may have been a referee.

"I kind of looked down and went into shock. I looked at it and it was an ugly look. All out of whack."

Toussaint, who rushed for 514 yards and five touchdowns last season after a 1,000-yard sophomore year, said he immediately knew he was done for the season but never questioned whether the injury was career-threatening.

His confidence grew more when he removed the boot from his left leg soon after Michigan's season concluded in the Outback Bowl. While he has been held out of contact drills this spring, both he and Michigan coach Brady Hoke said they are optimistic he will return in time for the Wolverines' season opener against Central Michigan on Aug. 31.

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