Heels' McDonald joins practice

acarter@newsobserver.comJanuary 4, 2012 

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Tuesday during his weekly ACC teleconference that junior guard Leslie McDonald, who suffered a torn ACL during a summer league game in July, has been practicing with the Tar Heels on a limited basis.

The UNC medical staff last week released McDonald to practice. Williams said McDonald participated in some five-on-five work on Friday. The plan, Williams said, is to "gradually increase" McDonald's work load before deciding on how much - if any - he'll be able to play this season.

If he doesn't play this season, McDonald will receive an extra year of eligibility. A decision on his status will be made in the coming weeks, Williams said.

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