Jon Horford injury: Michigan forward suffers dislocated kneecap

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Horford suffered his third major injury as a Michigan Wolverine on Saturday, causing him to miss even more time.

Michigan forward Jon Horford suffered a dislocated kneecap against West Virginia on Saturday and will miss several games for the Wolverines with the injury, according to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.

Horford battled for a rebound in the first half and crumpled to the floor, holding his knee. He had to be helped from the floor to the locker room. He was seen on crutches and wearing a large knee brace.

Horford had recently earned a larger rotation role for Michigan, averaging more than two rebounds in eight minutes of action. Horford played more than 10 minutes in the three games prior to Saturday, including a four-rebound, three-block effort against Arkansas.

Knowing Horford's toughness and resolve, head coach John Beilein believes the injury should keep the forward out for only a few weeks.

"He'll fight through this," Beilein said. "Hopefully it's something again that he can return from in 2 or 3 weeks, if not sooner."

This is the third injury in two seasons for Horford, who missed all of last year with a broken foot and the beginning of this season with a similar knee injury. Freshman forward Max Bielfeldt is expected to move into the big man rotation with Horford sidelined.

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