CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — A day after pulling out a last-second win to remain unbeaten, No. 10 Miami got more good news, this time on the injury fronts.
Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett may be able to return this season after doctors determined he only partially tore a ligament in his left knee against North Carolina on Thursday night, and starting running back Duke Johnson was showing no ill effects after a shot to the head forced him out of the game with the Tar Heels in the early going.
Dorsett has a tear in his medial collateral ligament — a problem that may keep him out for six weeks, but isn't as devastating as Miami originally feared.
"We're all grateful, to be honest with you," Miami coach Al Golden said Friday. "It did not look good last night. It's a four-to-six-week injury and we're blessed. He's fortunate. We're all very relieved and obviously disappointed for the young man."
Dorsett leads Miami with a 20.9 yards-per-catch average, and has a reception of at least 40 yards in four of the Hurricanes' last five games.
"He's worked very hard and he's obviously going to have to go through some adversity," Golden said. "We'll be there for him, but certainly it could have been far worse than that."
Johnson ran eight times for 83 yards against North Carolina, before also getting hurt in the first quarter. With Johnson out, Miami turned to Dallas Crawford, who entered the game with 31 carries for 142 yards in his college career.
On Thursday alone, Crawford had 33 carries for 137 yards, and rushed for two scores for the fourth consecutive game, including the gamewinning touchdown with 16 seconds left for the Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).