ANN ARBOR - Denard Robinson's hand injury in Saturday's 45-0 win over Illinois was arguably a minor boo-boo. But it most likely wasn't a Derek Jeter-type boo-boo.
After the win over the Illini, Robinson didn't let on to the severity of his "boo-boo," which ABC reported during Saturday's broadcast as a "pinky-finger injury."
Robinson sustained the injury in the first quarter, making an 8-yard run towards the end zone. He ran to the sideline, clutching his right hand and grimacing in pain.
"Everybody gets hurt," Robinson said, grinning. "It was all good. I came back in and it didn't bother me at all.
"It was a funny bone. Nothing serious."
As of late, "boo-boo" has been a term associated with a certain pint-sized cable-network pageant princess (and her very un-Kardashian family), but if you've been around the Michigan football program, the term "boo-boo" is a colloquialism for Hoke, who at times is less-than-forthcoming about player injuries.
And, last night, the term was used by Robinson, who missed a series and a handful of plays against the Illini.
If you're like me, you wonder what the scope of a "boo boo" is, actually. In covering college and pro hockey, I learned this - there's an "upper-body injury" and a "lower-body injury," either of which could encompass anything from a severe concussion to a blister on the back on the heel. In Ann Arbor, there are "boo boos." Which conjure up images of juice boxes and Band-Aids.
But even when the going is great, there's a culture of secrecy that surrounds sports. Any advantage you get, right?
Some food for thought: Hoke told the media, however, that Vincent Smith did not play Saturday because of a hamstring issue, or, more specifically, Hoke said, "a little bit of a hamstring."
Blissfield High graduate Dylan Esterline, a redshirt sophomore tight end and a walk-on, had one catch for seven yards Saturday in his first appearance for the Wolverines.
Esterline was an All-Blade selection at tight end and joined the Wolverines as a walk-on in the fall of 2010.