Michigan's Jon Horford hopes to start practicing soon, vows to return this season
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Considering what he's been through over the past two years, it'd be hard to fault Jon Horford for having a bad mood.
Of course, anyone who would do that, has never met Jon Horford.
Horford -- Michigan's 6-foot-10, 250-pound sophomore forward -- is currently in the midst of his third injury in less than two years. And there he was Thursday after the Wolverines' 28-point win at Northwestern, all smiles and laughs with his teammates.
He's remained upbeat throughout his recent stint of rehabilitation -- this time for a dislocated kneecap -- and he says he has his teammates to thank for that.
"These are the best dudes in the world, the most supportive guys in the world," Horford said. "They ask me about it every day, and they still keep me involved with everything even though I'm not practicing and stuff with them.
"I couldn't ask for better guys to be around."
Horford said his latest injury -- suffered last month against West Virginia -- may have been a result of rushing back too quickly from a similar knee injury prior to the start of the season.
He's been walking without the use of crutches almost since the day the injury took place, and says he hopes to return to practice very soon.
"I'm just trying to strengthen it back up," Horford said. "My strength hadn't been there, I probably didn't rehab it enough (the first time), but that's what we're working on right now.
"I'll probably start practicing in the next few days."
Horford missed almost the entire 2011-12 season with a broken bone in his foot, using a medical redshirt year as a result.
This time around, though, he doesn't believe history will repeat itself. Right now, he's fully confident he'll be back on the court for Michigan before the season's over.
"This isn't (season-ending), I'm definitely coming back to play," Horford said. "It's just a matter of getting the strength back and feeling comfortable."
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