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Monday, August 20, 2012
Ondre Pipkins back at practice

By Michael Rothstein
WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan freshman defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins returned to practice Monday morning, three days after being hospitalized for a neck injury, team spokesman Justin Dickens confirmed.

Pipkins, who is expected to contend for a spot in the defensive line rotation behind fifth-year senior Will Campbell, had been one of Michigan's most impressive freshmen this preseason.

But Friday, he sustained a neck injury during a morning practice and was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital for precautionary reasons and evaluation. He was released later that day and attended the Wolverines' afternoon practice, although he didn't participate.

Pipkins, a Kansas City, Mo., native, was rated the No. 16 defensive tackle in the country and No. 5 player in Missouri in the class of 2012.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke has not been available to the media since Pipkins' injury and released a short statement when the injury happened Friday morning. Dickens did not provide more details on how much Pipkins practiced or whether he was limited.