Players Hinting Tarik Black to Return Soon?

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Players Hinting Tarik Black to Return Soon?

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Players Hinting Tarik Black to Return Soon?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The worst news Michigan fans got this preseason was that second-year Wolverines wideout Tarik Black broke his foot — the opposite one from a year ago — for the second consecutive year.

While the prognosis was that he may be able to return 6-8 weeks from his pre-Week One surgery, Michigan is about to enter Week Eight, facing rival Michigan State in East Lansing this Saturday.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said weeks ago that he hoped to get good news a week ago when Black’s doctor — who’s with the Green Bay Packers — was in town when the NFL franchise played the Detroit Lions. But, since, Harbaugh has refused to answer any questions on player injuries.

So, could Black be returning soon? According to fellow second-year wideout Nico Collins, we could potentially see Black sooner than later.

“He’s coming back, he’s coming,” Collins said. “I see him every day. Every day, he’s improving. He’s out there running routes a little bit, trying to get his groove back. I feel like he’s gonna come back.”

Running routes and trying to get his groove back? Does that mean he’s actually getting re-acclimated to the offense?

Quarterback Shea Patterson intimated that Black might be available soon when asked about how much the offense has improved over the past few weeks.

“We’ve been gaining confidence after every day, after every single practice,” Patterson. “Having Nick (Eubanks) and Nico (Collins) and possibly having Tarik back adds more elements to our game. It makes us that much better.”

But, that doesn’t mean that Black is ready.

Patterson postures a bit when asked more directly about Black’s return, saying this week could be a possibility, but it also could be down the road.

“Possibly – we’re not really sure yet. Could be this week, could be next week, could be the week after that. I know I see him every single day and he’s working his tail off to get back.”

Could be this week? Collins also said he hopes that Black could be available for Michigan State.

“He’s doing rehab, but we just see him doing stuff on the treadmill,” Collins later continued. “But he looks pretty good. So hopefully he comes back soon. This week hopefully! Next week even better!”

Whether Black actually suits up and plays against rival MSU in East Lansing will remain to be seen, especially if he’s not receiving passes in practice from Patterson, et. al. Of course, this might all being mentioned just to give the Spartans yet another thing to think about before Saturday.

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