Michigan freshman Ondre Pipkins suffers neck injury in practice, taken to U-M hospital
This story was updated at 10:35 a.m. with more information on Ondre Pipkins.
Michigan freshman defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins has movement in all his extremities after suffering a neck injury Friday morning in practice, coach Brady Hoke said in a statement.
The Wolverines called Huron Valley Ambulance at 8:53 a.m., according to an HVA spokesperson. Pipkins was in stable condition, but transported to U-M Health System for "precautionary measures."
Pipkins' injury is the third of the Wolverines' preseason camp. Freshman defensive end Chris Wormley suffered a season-ending ACL tear and senior receiver Roy Roundtree is out two weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery.
Wormley is out for the Wolverines' season opener Sept. 1 against Alabama, while Roundtree has a "good" chance of playing according to Hoke. Pipkins' status is unknown.
Pipkins is a 6-foot-3, 340-pound freshman from Kansas City. He was expected to play a role this season on Michigan's revamped defensive line, and had received praise from teammates for his early play at a position that is difficult for freshmen.
"Pip's a guy that is just real strong, and he goes real hard," senior defensive end Craig Roh said last week. "I've seen a couple plays where he's just knocked back the quarterback or the running back or something. He's pretty good with his pass rush as well. For how big he is, he moves pretty well.
"I saw a few highlight tapes of his, but actually seeing him in person move like that was pretty impressive."
The Wolverines have lost starting tackles Mike Martin and Will Heininger, and their replacements -- senior Will Campbell and junior Jibreel Black -- combine for one career start.
Pipkins was considered to be a possible backup for Campbell, and Campbell had taken the freshman under his guidance.
The two are roommates during camp.
"I’ve been talking to him and getting in his head and make sure he won’t make the mistakes I did," Campbell said recently. "I’m trying to make sure he gets the point before I did.
"He’s probably stronger than I was coming in. Quicker off the ball, probably. He’s a hard worker. I’m surprised right now.”
AnnArbor.com reporter Kyle Feldscher contributed to this story.