Denard Robinson says his 'boo-boo' is healed, Michigan expects Vincent Smith back for Michigan State
ANN ARBOR -- According to Michigan coach Brady Hoke, the Wolverines should be entering their annual rivalry tilt against Michigan State with a relatively clean bill of health.
And that includes senior quarterback Denard Robinson's "boo-boo."
Asked Monday if Robinson is feeling any lingering pain from the undisclosed hand/arm injury he suffered early in the team's 45-0 win against Illinois on Saturday, Hoke said no.
"His boo-boo?" Hoke asked rhetorically. "No."
Robinson exited the game late in the first quarter with the injury and was forced to sit out Michigan's next offensive series against the Illini.
The instance marked the first time this season that Robinson, who has a history with injuries (including a late-game dustup last season at Michigan State), has missed time due to injury during a game this season.
"(My hand) is feeling good," Robinson said. "I'm ready to go. Ready to play."
While Robinson maintains he's feeling fine, Michigan says it also expects senior running back Vincent Smith to be back in the lineup this week against the Spartans.
Smith sat out last week's win over Illinois with a hamstring injury, but should be ready to play Saturday according to Hoke.
"He should be fine," Hoke said. "He was better (Sunday). I think, as much as anything, it was really precautionary -- we held him back.
"I think he would have tried to go."
Smith, mainly used as a third-down back, has 61 yards on 19 carries this season.
In other injury news, Hoke said Michigan fullback Stephen Hopkins is "back" after missing the previous four games with a hamstring injury.