Jon Horford sidelined by foot injury

Updated: December 13, 2011, 11:30 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan sophomore forward Jon Horford did not play Tuesday night against Arkansas-Pine Bluff as he continues to recover from a stress injury to his right foot.

Michigan coach John Beilein did not rule out sitting the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Horford until Big Ten play starts against Penn State on Dec. 29 in order to let the foot properly heal.

"It's the fifth metatarsal," Beilein said after Michigan's 63-50 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. "It's a stress area that could break or could show a fracture if not taken care of. Continued pounding could do that."

The fifth-year Michigan coach said Horford is cleared to do limited work and have limited playing time, however he didn't practice Monday. Beilein indicated they will run tests on the foot next week before Michigan plays Bradley on Dec. 22 to see if the injury has healed.

Horford, who is averaging 2.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 10.8 minutes off the bench for the Wolverines (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP), did dress Tuesday, but only in an emergency.

"I didn't have a plan to be in there unless it was an emergency situation because we are trying to let the foot heal 100 percent," Beilein said. "A little action doesn't bother him so if we needed five minutes we were going to use him but it had to be in an emergency."

In his absence, redshirt sophomore forward Blake McLimans played 11 minutes and did not score.

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan sports for WolverineNation.

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