Roy Roundtree ready for opener

Updated: August 27, 2012, 2:36 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan wide receiver Roy Roundtree, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Aug. 10, has been cleared to play in the Wolverines' season opener against No. 2 Alabama on Saturday.

The news is less certain for would-be starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint.

Toussaint was listed as the No. 1 running back on the Michigan depth chart released Monday afternoon. However, Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he has yet to make a determination on the junior's status and will make an announcement when he feels the timing is correct.

Toussaint, who gained 1,041 yards last season, is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday in 14A-4 District Court in Saline, Mich., charged with one count of Operating While Intoxicated on July 21. He was pulled over and registered a blood-alcohol level of .12, over the legal limit of .08.

"Whenever you're in this position, you've got to make decisions that are best for the program," said Hoke, who suspended Toussaint indefinitely in the wake of the arrest. "That doesn't mean for one specific team. That means for the program. It means for the identity and the character of the program you represent."

Roundtree practiced with the team Sunday and is listed, along with junior Jeremy Gallon, as the top two receivers on the Michigan depth chart. The fifth-year senior from Trotwood, Ohio, started all but one game for Michigan the past two seasons.

"He's good. He practiced (Sunday) and ran with the first group," Hoke said. "I don't think we've got one problem with Roy."

Roundtree has 123 catches for 1,724 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career, but his production dropped from 72 catches and 935 yards his sophomore season to 19 catches for 355 yards his junior year.

He is expected to be Michigan's top receiving threat this fall. Roundtree said he initially felt a twinge in his knee walking back to the huddle following a play on Aug. 9, then felt his knee give out and had surgery the next day. The entire week leading up to that Thursday, he practiced without problem.

"I felt good just being out there in the huddle (on Sunday)," Roundtree said. "Just being out there in the huddle with Denard (Robinson) and them guys, I just can't wait."

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