Dorsett To Miss 4-6 Weeks With "Slight Partial MCL Tear"; Duke and Rodgers Likely To Play Against Wake

Streeter Lecka

Coach Al Golden reviewed the injury list with the media Friday afternoon and the biggest news is that wide receiver Phillip Dorsett will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a slight partial tear of the medial collateral ligament. Dorsett suffered the injury in Miami's 27-23 come from behind victory at North Carolina Thursday night. Duke Johnson and Kacy Rodgers II will both be evaluated in the coming days, but both appear to be able to play next Saturday against Wake Forest.

Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who has become one of Stephen Morris' favorite targets this season, will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a slight partial tear of his MCL, Miami coach Al Golden announced Friday afternoon.  While Golden was not happy with the news, he feared that it could have been much worse.

"It looked real scary on file on the flight home," Golden said. "We are relieved that it is not worse, but we are very disappointed for the young man. We are blessed. A better young man you will not find."

This is the second straight season that Miami has lost a top flight receiver due to injury.  Last year in a win at Georgia Tech Malcolm Lewis was lost for the season with a catastrophic injury.  Lewis is still struggling to get back to his old form.

Duke Johnson and Kacy Rodgers II, who also sustained injuries in last night's win at North Carolina, will continue to be monitored and evaluated, but they should be available to play next week at Wake Forest.

"Randy Johnson is very good, very positive," Golden said. "We are still evaluating whether is was a blow that triggered his migraines or whether it was a level one concussion.  His recovery started immediately so there was no further damage. I think we dodged a bullet there."

Rodgers will be fine, Golden said. "These next nine days could be the difference for him, but he will make Wake."

Rayshawn Jenkins and Deon Bush both suffered deep thigh contusions in the ball game, but Golden said that they were better today.

In other injury related news, wide receiver Rashawn Scott, who suffered a collarbone injury against FAU in the season opener, has been cleared to play.  Walter Tucker, who was injured in the Georgia Tech game was also cleared and Golden said is good to go.

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