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Friday, August 17, 2012
Michigan DT Ondre Pipkins injured

By Michael Rothstein
WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan freshman defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins, who was hospitalized after a neck injury on Friday morning, was in attendance at the Wolverines' afternoon practice and walking around, according to a school spokesman.

No other information had been released by the school Friday evening.

Pipkins injured his neck during the team's morning practice just before 9 a.m. Friday, when a Huron Valley ambulance was dispatched to Schembechler Hall. Pipkins had movement in his extremities when he was sent to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

The 6-foot-3, 340 pound Pipkins has been expected to compete for a reserve spot on the defensive line throughout fall camp, backing up starting fifth-year senior defensive tackle Will Campbell. Pipkins was deemed by Michigan's coaches and players as one of the better performing freshmen during preseason practice.

Pipkins also expressed thanks for those concerned about him Friday.

"I want to thank everyone for the get well wishes, thoughts and prayers i love you guys and will be back in no time thanks and #GoBlue," Pipkins tweeted Friday.

The Kansas City, Mo., native was ESPN's No. 164 recruit overall and No. 16 defensive tackle in the country.