Sep 1, 2012; Denzel Perryman, with two healthy ankles. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
The medicals on Denzel Perryman haven't been released to the public yet, but his availability for Saturday's game vs. Georgia Tech is, according to Manny Navarro, a foregone conclusion. Navarro reported on Monday that Perryman will be out against the Yellow Jackets, and likely longer.
According to Navarro's source, Perryman has a "deeply bruised high ankle sprain" and is wearing a protective boot. The hope is that the swelling will subside and Perryman can be reevaluated later this week, but he won't be manning the middle of Miami's defense in Atlanta.
I'll talk briefly about this loss after the jump, while also hitting quickly on a few other injury notes.
The loss of Perryman, as we discussed yesterday, could be crippling. Jimmy Gaines will likely start at middle linebacker next week, according to Navarro. To his left will be Eddie Johnson. The other starting linebacker will be Gionni Paul, Thurston Ambrister or Tyrone Cornelius, though all three will play either way. My guess on the starter would be Ambrister, for whatever that's worth. Miami also has Gabe Terry, and I wouldn't be shocked if Miami went big in some points and shifted Kelvin Cain to linebacker or even gave someone like Tyriq McCord some burn there. Or Miami might put three or four safeties on the field. Desperate times call for desperate measures, etc.
One player to keep an eye on is freshman linebacker Raphael Kirby. Kirby, who injured his knee in the preseason, participated in Miami's walkthrough on Monday. The Georgia Tech game was originally pegged as a possible returning point for Kirby, though his status is unknown. My guess is that he probably won't play on Saturday, and even if he does it will be for about a handful of plays. But he will be healthy soon, and given the state of Miami's linebacker core right now, will be thrown into the fire.
Allen Hurns also took part in Miami's walkthrough today, but his status for Saturday hasn't been updated beyond "we'll see."