Injury roundup: Dennis Norfleet starts at punt returner while Jeremy Gallon heals ankle
ANN ARBOR -- Those clamoring to see freshman Dennis Norfleet on punt return got their wish Saturday against Northwestern, when Norfleet started in place of Jeremy Gallon.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday, though, that Gallon hasn't lost his job but rather is dealing with an injury.
"Gallon had kind of boo-boo'ed up his self last week, so we were just trying to give him a little rest," Hoke said. "We have a lot of faith in (Norfleet) and a lot of trust in him, and he felt good."
Hoke didn't elaborate on the injury, although it's believed to be an ankle which Gallon hurt against Minnesota. He wore a boot after that game.
Gallon still was healthy enough to play wideout against Northwestern, and if the ankle slowed him, it didn't show. He hauled in a career-high seven passes for 94 yards.
Norfleet didn't have a return in his swing on punt return. Gallon actually had one for 23 yards late in the fourth quarter, when Michigan sent back two returners in anticipation of a Northwestern rugby-style kick.
In other injury news, Hoke declined to offer an update on former No. 2 quarterback Russell Bellomy, who hasn't played since the Nebraska game with an undisclosed "condition." Devin Gardner now is the backup to Denard Robinson.
Defensive lineman Mario Ojemudia is "getting closer," Hoke said. The freshman hasn't played the past three weeks with what Hoke has called "things and stuff." He later clarified it's a "boo boo."