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Ann Arbor — Injured Michigan tailback De’Veon Smith apparently is practicing and improving this week.

Smith, the team’s leading rusher with 331 yards and four touchdowns, has practiced, according to at least one teammate who spoke to reporters Tuesday night after practice.

Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno on Wednesday was slightly vague when asked about whether Smith will play against Maryland in the Big Ten opener on Saturday, but suggested he will.

“He’s working through. He’s doing a nice job right now,” Drevno said. “I really feel good about it.”

Smith injured his right ankle late in the third quarter last Saturday in the Wolverines’ shutout of BYU. He spoke to reporters after the game wearing a protective boot, but he insisted he would be ready to play against Maryland.

“He’s progressing really, really well,” Drevno said. “He’s doing a nice job for us.”

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