Jon Horford out for Michigan in exhibition opener; Mitch McGary expected to play

Kevin C. Cox

Jon Horford will miss Michigan's exhibition opener, and Mitch McGary is expected to play, but not start on Thursday.

Michigan sophomore forward Jon Horford will be inactive for the school's exhibition opener against Northern Michigan on Thursday, according to MLive.com. Horford suffered a knee sprain in practice last week, and is officially out for the game. According to the piece, Horford is making good progress with his injury, but he's not quite ready to get back.

There's more significant injury news prior to Thursday's game, as well. Freshman forward Mitch McGary is expected to be a big part of Michigan's team this season, but it's unlikely he'll get the start on Thursday. McGary is dealing with a foot injury and has not been practicing in full as of late because of it.

Still, the piece says that McGary will get some playing time on Thursday and will make his college debut. It's just that he might not get the start. Coach John Beilein isn't sure who will get the start in the fifth spot, though it's noted that the other four spots will be filled by Glenn Robinson III, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan and Spike Albrecht, who is starting in place of the suspended Trey Burke.

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