MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Michigan junior Jabrill Peppers will not play for the Wolverines against Florida State in Friday’s Capital One Orange Bowl because of an unspecified injury, the school announced.
A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Peppers practiced all week and planned to play, but he tweaked his hamstring at practice Thursday at the Miami Dolphins’ team facility. Peppers warmed up in full pads at Hard Rock Stadium on Friday but decided he wasn’t healthy enough to play shortly before kickoff.
The injury isn’t considered serious, but Peppers needed more time to heal, the source said.
Those who know Peppers say he wanted to play and that this “is not a McCaffrey or Fournette situation,” referring to Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and LSU’s Leonard Fournette, who chose to sit out their bowl games in order to prepare for the NFL draft.