Multiple reports have indicated that Miami defensive tackle Nesta Silvera is having surgery on his injured right foot later this week. Just several hours ago, it was noted that Silvera was wearing a walking boot following aggravating the foot at the first practice. Miami has yet to announce a timetable for a return, but that should be clearer following surgery.
It’s also unknown what sort of injury Silvera suffered to his right foot, but clearly it was serious enough to warrant surgery right away. The sophomore lineman flashed run-defending dominance as a freshman, garnering 13 tackles with 1.5 TFLs and a blocked punt in 10 games.
While losing Silvera for a potentially extended amount of time will definitely be a blow to Miami’s run defense, which had moments of poor play last season without a true nose tackle, there’s still enough depth on the line to overcome this injury. And although camp just began, Silvera had not overcome upperclassmen Pat Bethel and Jon Ford on the depth chart during spring practice. In addition to those two, Miami has UCLA transfer Chigozie Nnoruka waiting in the wings. Young guns like RS frosh Jordan Miller and freshmen Jared Harrison-Hunte and Jason Blissett might also have moments to display their enormous potential.
We’ll continue to bring you updates as they become available.