August 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Michigan freshman Jabrill Peppers OK after ankle injury

Ann Arbor — The debut of Michigan freshman defensive back Jabrill Peppers was eagerly anticipated, but it ended early.

Peppers played one half in the Wolverines’ 52-14 victory over Appalachian State in the season opener Saturday at Michigan Stadium, but an ankle injury suffered early in the game held him out of the second half.

He remained in the locker room and did not return to the field.

“He’ll be all right,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said after the game. “I’ll be honest with you, at halftime, just decided not to bring him out the second half. It’s nothing (serious). He’ll be ready next week.”

Peppers started the game at nickel and punt return. But during the Mountaineers’ second series of the game, Peppers was hit by a receiver, injuring his right ankle. He limped as he walked toward the sideline but continued to play. He finished with two tackles.

He had one punt return for nine yards, but Dennis Norfleet replaced him before the end of the first half.

Hoke said Peppers will be ready for the Notre Dame game Saturday in South Bend.

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Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers (5) gets ready to tackle Appalachian State tight end Barrett Burns in the first quarter Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor / David Guralnick / Detroit News