Speaking last week with reporters in Ann Arbor, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh didn't exactly shut the door on Dennis Norfleet returning to the team's roster at some point this season.

Harbaugh spoke of a plan that was put in place, by himself, for Norfleet to achieve his athletic and academic goals at Michigan. At that point, he said his expectation on the situation hadn't changed.

"A plan was put in place, I've had conversations with him over the summer," Harbaugh said last week. "And if (things have) changed, you'd have to talk to Dennis.

"A plan was put into place. It's our desire that he remains at Michigan and gets his Michigan degree. ... We came to a plan, and (he agreed) to it. Our expectation hasn't changed."

Michigan did, however, give Norfleet his release to speak with other universities. And on Wednesday, when the team provided the first major update to its official 2015 roster for the first time since spring practice, Norfleet's name was removed from the list.

The 5-foot-7, 168-pounder -- who received permission to speak with Tuskegee University in Alabama last week -- is currently the Michigan career leader in kickoff returns (90) and kickoff return yardage (2,203). The former Detroit King prospect was a late signing by former coach Brady Hoke in the 2012 class. He's made 21 catches for 157 yards in his Michigan career. Norfleet has made no public comments on his situation, and Harbaugh has not officially said he has no chance to return.