Hoke: Morgan to Redshirt, Peppers Still Out

Michigan coach Brady Hoke says Desmond Morgan is out for the year and will redshirt with a hand problem but leaves the door open for a possible return this season for freshman cornerback Jabrill Peppers.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke offered some injury updates Monday afternoon at his weekly press conference.

Not one to discuss injuries unless they’re of a season ending variety, Hoke did comment on the status of senior linebacker Desmond Morgan who has been out with an undisclosed issue since playing in the opener against Appalachian State.

“One injury update, Desmond Morgan, we’re going to redshirt this year,” Hoke said. “And then he will be back as a fifth-year senior next year.”

In Morgan’s lone game this season, a game in which he didn’t start, he accounted for six total tackles.

Asked for details of Morgan’s now season ending injury, Hoke simply called it a “hand problem.”

Hoke wouldn’t say whether or not Morgan is healthy enough to return to the field right now, though it could be implied based on the response to the question.

“A little bit of both,” Hoke said. “It’s two-thirds of the season left.”

Losing senior linebacker Jake Ryan at the end of the season, the return of Morgan can only help a talented, but still young and inexperienced position group.

Peppers’ still out

Fans hoping to see true freshman cornerback and punt returner Jabrill Peppers on the field this week at home against Indiana will have to wait.

Peppers was left off the teams depth chart this week though it’s still not believed the talented freshman will miss the rest of the season just yet.

"He's still battling some things, and we'll see where it ends up," Hoke said. "If he was out, I would have lumped him in with Desmond."

Hoke did add Peppers will not be on Michigan’s travel roster for Saturday’s home game against Indiana.

Peppers has been out with an undisclosed injury to the lower body since the Miami (Ohio) game and is responsible for eight tackles this season.

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