Michigan linebacker Josh Ross is healthy and available to play as the Wolverines enter their final three-game stretch this season, but he may not see the field too often during that time.

The reason? Head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan staff are wanting to redshirt Ross this season, considering he’s only played in three games this year. Under the new redshirt rule, Ross would be able to play in one more game in 2019 and maintain his redshirt status.

Over the next three weeks, Michigan plays Michigan State, Indiana and Ohio State.

“He hasn’t redshirted so far, and with the time he’s already missed, hopefully we’ll have the luxury of playing (him) in one more game and being able to get an extra year,” Harbaugh told reporters on Monday. “That would give him two more after this season. That’s our hope, that we’ll be able to do that.”

Harbaugh said that he does plan to play Ross one more time this season, but that will likely be all we see of the linebacker in 2019. There was no mention if there’s a preference on which game Ross plays in over that three-game span.

“He’s back. He’s prepared and ready to play,” Harbaugh said. “Our plan with Josh is to play in one more game.”

In the three games Ross has appeared in this season, he’s recorded 18 tackles. He played in each of the first three contests (Middle Tennessee, Army and Wisconsin), and hasn’t stepped on the field since because of injury.

Ross has appeared in 25 total games in his three years in Michigan. He’s tallied 83 tackles with five tackles for loss and two passes broken up.

Michigan will host Michigan State this Saturday in Ann Arbor.