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Michigan tackle Grant Newsome is a player-coach with the Wolverines this spring. He still hasn't been cleared to participate in full workouts following a knee injury in October 2016.

Michigan awaits clearance for tackle Grant Newsome to participate in spring practices

Rachel Lenzi

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As of Thursday, tackle Grant Newsome hasn’t been cleared to participate in spring practices and play for the 2018 season. This isn’t holding up Michigan as it prepares for the fall, but Newsome isn’t the forgotten man, either.

Newsome is currently a player-coach with the Wolverines. Offensive line coach Ed Warinner can’t say enough about Newsome as an apprentice.

“I ask Grant the questions, and he tells me the answers,” Warinner said Thursday. “He’s the smartest guy in the room. It’s not me. He is.

“He is very involved, and sits in the meetings, and does his rehab and I think everything is going right on target, the way it should. I’d love to have him right now but, obviously, time will get it back. He contributes a lot, in a positive way. He knows not just A and B about a play, but he knows C, D, E and F.”

Newsome continues his rehabilitation, more than 18 months after he sustained a dislocated right knee in October 2016 against Wisconsin. At the time, Newsome didn’t realize how severe the injury was until doctors told him they considered amputating his right leg, and he spent more than a month recovering in the hospital. His health is his first priority.

Newsome is also doing some impromptu public relations work. He debunked a report last week that stated his football career was over. (The tweet by Chat Sports was later deleted.)

“Coach has already announced that I’m not practicing yet,” Newsome posted on Twitter on April 1. “Not sure how that correlates to im 99% never playing again? But have a blessed day and Easter man! And pass along my best wishes to all your inside sources out there, sounds like they’re doing God’s work.”

Newsome is having fun with this process. If and when he receives medical clearance to play football again, his return would be a boon to Michigan’s offensive line.

The 6-foot-7, 314-pound Newsome would be a much-needed addition after the Wolverines lost out on Rice graduate transfer Calvin Anderson, who will join Texas in the fall. The Wolverines will likely turn to younger players to plug holes at both tackle positions. If Newsome is healthy and cleared for the fall, he becomes the top candidate to start at tackle.

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