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Morris has sprained ankle, status unknown

Associated Press Modified: October 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm •  Published: October 14, 2012

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Morris has a sprained left ankle, and Miami is preparing for Ryan Williams to be the starting quarterback for Saturday night's rivalry game against No. 12 Florida State.

X-rays of Morris' ankle showed no fracture, Miami coach Al Golden said on Sunday. Golden also said it's not a high ankle sprain, which typically takes several weeks to heal.

"It's the better of the sprains you can get," Golden said.

Morris — perhaps Miami's best player so far this season — was hurt in the fourth quarter of the Hurricanes' 18-14 loss this weekend to North Carolina. He took an awkward-looking step and twisted his ankle inward, then tumbled to the turf in obvious pain. Unable to put weight on the ankle, Morris was helped to the sideline, was treated with ice and soon left the field in a walking boot before undergoing further evaluation.

Miami (4-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) allowed only those players who needed medical treatment in its football facility on Sunday, telling all others to take a day off from film study and get caught up on rest instead.

Morris spent most of the day in the training room, a clear indicator of how much he wants to play against the rival Seminoles (6-1, 3-1) this weekend.

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