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Mitch McGary won’t play in Michigan’s season opener (back)

Nov 7, 2013, 10:57 AM EST

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The mysterious back injury that’s currently plaguing Michigan’s All-American center Mitch McGary will cost him at least the first game of the season.

Head coach John Beilein announced as much on Thursday morning.

Asked if he’ll play on Friday night, when the Wolverines host UMass-Lowell, Beilein told WTKA 1050 AM, simply, “No, he won’t.”

McGary didn’t play in either of Michigan’s exhibition games and spent much of his time during preseason practices on the sidelines, clipboard in hand. The program has been quiet to date about what, exactly, is wrong with McGary’s back and just how long it will keep him out of action.

With McGary out, that means that Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford will see more time in the middle.