Ondre Pipkins suffers torn ACL
"You hurt for Ondre, and I really do because I coach him and he's in my meeting room every day," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in a news release. "He was really starting to turn the corner on the field and become a productive football player for us. The good news is he's young, he's a great kid and he has a lot of great football ahead of him. We will help him get through this."
The Wolverines (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) got some good news in that redshirt junior linebacker Jake Ryan has been cleared by doctors to play. Hoke said Ryan could've played last Saturday against Minnesota, but that they're being cautious.
"I think he's getting closer," Hoke said. "We'll have a good practice with him [Tuesday] and believe me, he's wanting to play, seems to feel OK. But we still need to make sure he can do the things that he's capable of doing."
Hoke said Ryan could "potentially" play in this weekend's matchup against Penn State, but that the decision will come down to Hoke.
Pipkins appeared in all five games for the Wolverines, and he finishes with seven tackles.
This is the second serious injury for Pipkins at Michigan. As a freshman last August, he suffered a neck injury during practice, prompting him to be carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to the University of Michigan hospital. However, he returned to practice three days later and finished the season with appearances in each of Michigan's 13 games.
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