-- MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Michigan?junior Jabrill Peppers?did not play in Friday's 33-32 loss to? Florida State?in Friday's Capital One Orange Bowl because of an unspecified injury, the school announced before the game.
A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Peppers tweaked his hamstring at practice Thursday at the Miami Dolphins' team facility. Peppers practiced all week and planned to play, the source said, but after warming up in full pads at Hard Rock Stadium on Friday he decided he wasn't healthy enough to play shortly before kickoff.
The Wolverines also lost Mackey Award-winning tight end Jake Butt during the first half. Coach Jim Harbaugh said afterward that Butt injured either his ACL or MCL.
Butt clutched his right leg after he was tackled on a 16-yard reception in the second quarter. A senior, he walked off the field and to the locker room without help from trainers. He did not return and finished with three catches and 28 yards in the final game of his college career.
Peppers' injury isn't considered serious, but he 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.
Peppers has yet to announce a decision about whether he will return to Michigan next year or declare early for the NFL draft. He has two years of eligibility remaining but is projected as a first-round draft pick.