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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Michigan goes injury-free Saturday

By Michael Rothstein

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As Michigan walked off the field Saturday after a dominant 63-13 win over UMass, the Wolverines had another victory, one they hadn’t seen this season.

They emerged from a game healthy for the first time this season. Kind of.

Michigan had no major injuries during the game, unlike the previous two weeks, when the Wolverines lost cornerback Blake Countess (ACL) for the season, tight end Brandon Moore (knee) for several weeks and defensive end Brennen Beyer (knee) for an unknown period of time.

“I don’t know if we had any boo-boos today,” Hoke said. “But we’ve had one of those years where we have had a lot of guys dinged up.”

However, the week itself wasn’t as kind.

Starting fullback Stephen Hopkins missed the game with a hamstring injury and starting linebacker Desmond Morgan missed the game with a head injury. Hoke said he expects both to return when Michigan faces Notre Dame next Saturday.

He wouldn’t however, go into specifics on what he meant by a head injury to Morgan.

“I don’t know, a head thing,” Hoke said. “I don’t know what they classify it as. Sometimes you get dinged.”

Michigan also sat defensive lineman Richard Ash for the second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury.