Kendall Marshall participated in non-contact portions of practice for the first time since having surgery Monday to insert a screw in his wrist.
"The first two times we went up the court, doing the warm-up drill, I was going as fast as I could," Marshall said. "I was out of breath, and I was, like, 'I've got to slow down. We've still got a full practice ahead of us.' Sitting down for six days straight, not being able to do anything, that's been frustrating. It felt good just to get out there and move around.
"I definitely felt the pain, but there's going to be pain there for the next six weeks. It's just a matter of how much I can take."
Mashall’s status will be determined after the Tar Heels’ pregame shootaround on Sunday.
"Now," Roy Williams said, "we want to see if it bothers him or if it pains him or if it swells up or if his toes curls or whatever happens next. And then tomorrow at (the) shoot-around, we'll try to probably do the same thing.
"And then, there's two things that have to happen. One, he has to feel comfortable that he's not hurting. And then two, I have to decide: Can he be effective in the game with his situation?"