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Ann Arbor — It is unclear whether Michigan running back De’Veon Smith will be available for the Big Ten opener on Saturday.

Smith, who injured his right ankle late in the third quarter in a victory over BYU last Saturday, was wearing a protective boot after the game. But Smith said after the game he felt confident about being ready for the prime-time game at Maryland.

“He’s going to be sore,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday at his weekly news conference. “He’ll be working through that soreness.”

Harbaugh, who said after the game that X-rays were negative, was asked if Smith is listed as questionable. Smith had 125 yards in the 31-0 victory over BYU including a 60-yard touchdown run.

“I don’t think we have to do that in college football,” Harbaugh said.

Asked the nature of the injury, although Michigan officials called it an ankle injury after the game, he would not be specific.

“Something he’s working through,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh wouldn’t indicate who the starting tailback might be if Smith is unable to play. Ty Isaac has appeared to be the backup, but Drake Johnson, coming off a knee ligament injury suffered at the end of last season, has been getting more carries in the last two games.

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