Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY

De'Veon Smith updates injury status, expects to play next weekend

Despite suffering an injury in the second half of Michigan's 31-0 victory over BYU, running back De'Veon Smith expects to play against Maryland next weekend.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The only downside to Michigan's 31-0 victory over 22nd-ranked BYU was the way the day ended for running back De'Veon Smith.

After a dominating 125-yard performance that included an impressive 60-yard run, Smith's day was cut short in the second half after a defender appeared to roll up on his ankle during a tackle. Smith was slow to get up and walked to the sidelines with a visible limp. After being carted to the lockerroom, Smith would later return with a walking boot on his right leg.

"I feel good," Smith said. "I have the boot on for precautionary reasons. I got a little banged up but it's not a big deal. Trying to get healthier for next week."

According to head coach Jim Harbaugh, x-rays on Smith's ankle were negative.

"I think the news is going to be good on De'Veon," Harbaugh said. "The x-rays were negative."

Senior fullback Joe Kerridge also did not see playing time on Saturday after injuring his ankle while being tackled a week ago against UNLV. U-M also announced that Brian Cole (undisclosed), Dymonte Thomas (undisclosed), Wyatt Shallman (knee) and Tyrone Wheatley Jr. (foot) were taken off the dress list as well.

The status of those players are not yet clear.

One thing that was clear, however, was Smith's thoughts about playing in the upcoming against Maryland next weekend.

"I expect to play next week," Smith said with a grin. "Honestly, I don't know (the diagnosis) it's just precautionary. It's a little bit sore but that's really it." 


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