Michigan's Walton uncertain for game vs. MSU

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Even after a few days of recovery for Derrick Walton Jr., Michigan coach John Beilein doesn't have any clearer sense of whether his starting point guard can play Sunday.

Walton, who missed Tuesday's win against Nebraska, has been playing through a toe injury he suffered in November and has been hobbled in trying to recover. His status for Sunday's rivalry game against Michigan State is unclear.

Coach John Beilein said Tuesday Walton has been overcompensating for the toe injury, which likely led to a foot sprain. Beilein added that Walton would have more tests this week to determine the extent of the injury and Walton would rest the foot, getting around campus on a foot scooter this week.

"(Walton has) been very limited in anything that he can do and I'm going to limit him again today and then tomorrow we'll see what happens," Beilein said Saturday via teleconference.

Walton had missed the previous two practices before Tuesday's game. If he's unable to play, freshman Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman likely would start in his place. Last season, Walton had one of his best games, with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, spearheading the Wolverines' win over then third-ranked Spartans.

Michigan (13-8, 6-3 Big Ten) is tied for second in the Big Ten and have won six of the last nine meetings against MSU (14-7, 5-3).