Jon Horford Injury: Michigan Forward's Stress Fracture Could Jeopardize Season

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20: Jon Horford #15 of the Michigan Wolverines goes up for a dunk over Ryan Kelly #34 of the Duke Blue Devils during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Michigan forward Jon Horford, son of former NBA player Tito Horford, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his foot. The injury could put his season in jeopardy if it's unable to heal in a timely matter.

Jon Horford hasn't played in a game for the Michigan Wolverines since Dec. 10, but no reason was given by the school aside from noting that it was due to injury. The son of former NBA player Tito Horford recently had an MRI, however, and was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot.

Horford's recovery time isn't clear at the moment, but head coach John Beilein intimated to AnnArbor.com's Nick Baumgardner that his forward could be shut down for the season.

"If we feel the rest of his season's in jeopardy, then it doesn't make sense to play him," Beilein said. "Unless there comes a time in February where he says he's 100 percent healthy and he wants to play and we feel we need him to play, which is pretty obvious (we do), then he can continue on with his season."

However long Horford is out, Beilein's contingency plan is to play a bit of small ball.

"It'll shorten (the rotation) quite a bit," Beilein said. "We're trying to get (junior forward) Blake (McLimans) more minutes, and it puts Evan (Smotrycz) in more of a five-man position. And hopefully with the emergence of (freshman guard) Carlton Brundidge right now, hopefully we can play he and Trey (Burke) at the same time so we don't do too much with Stu (Douglass) and Zack (Novak)."

For more on the Wolverines, be sure to visit SB Nation's Maize N Brew.

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