Michigan CB Ambry Thomas, sidelined with colitis, returns to practice

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan defensive back Ambry Thomas says he's returned to the practice field after he was diagnosed with colitis.

Ann Arbor — Michigan cornerback Ambry Thomas, diagnosed with colitis, had been absent from preseason camp but has returned to the field.

Thomas shared the update Thursday on Twitter: “Happy to pronounce I’m back on the field with my guys, thanks for all the prayers and wishes..”

Michigan football spokesman Dave Ablauf confirmed Thomas’s news.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Ablauf said.

Thomas was penciled in to play a significant role in the secondary this fall with the departure of David Long to the NFL, but in a news conference early last week, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh shared that Thomas had been diagnosed with colitis — a digestive disease in which there's inflammation of the inner lining of the colon — and had lost a considerable amount of weight, which he had regained.

Harbaugh said at the time there was no timetable for Thomas, who had not been practicing.

“If there isn’t setbacks, then there will be milestones he will be able to achieve with no timeline on that,” Harbaugh said last week. “It’s right now where he can be here, he can come to meetings, he could do conditioning and get treatment and we’ll find out where he is from a conditioning standpoint and how much football he can do over the next week to 10 days. When it’s determined what he can do, then that’s what he’ll do, and we’ll monitor for setbacks.

“The next milestone after that, he’ll be able to run at full speed and have conditioning and strength. The next milestone will be to start playing football without contact, again, always monitoring to see if there’s setbacks. After that, then he will be cleared to participate in contact, so those are the milestones he has to achieve without a timetable.”

Vincent Gray has been getting key reps at cornerback during camp in Thomas’ absence.

Michigan opens the season Aug. 31 against Middle Tennessee State at Michigan Stadium.


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