Miami wide receiver Herb Waters has been seen on the sideline during the Hurricanes' bowl practices this week, and head coach Al Golden indicated Wednesday that he will likely miss Saturday's game against Louisville.
The Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post each reported that Waters was on crutches during Miami's practices for the Russell Athletic Bowl. The school has not announced the nature of Waters' injury; only that the sophomore wide receiver is expected to be absent from the lineup.
Golden said Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Lewis and Alan Hurns are the receivers who will have to compensate, as well as tight ends Clive Walford, Asante Cleveland and Beau Sandland. “We don't anticipate Herb right now,'' Golden said.
Waters' absence makes the return of Phillip Dorsett even more important for the Hurricanes in the program's first bowl appearance since 2010 due to self-imposed postseason bans. Dorsett, the team's leading receiver to start the season, suffered a knee injury against North Carolina on Oct. 17, but the junior has worked his way back into the lineup.
"A lot of people didn't think I was going to be out here again this year and I'm blessed to be back out here and blessed the injury wasn't as bad as it could have been," Dorsett told the Sun-Sentinel earlier this week. "After not having a bowl game these past two years, having a bowl practice is something I've always dreamed of. I'm just happy to be out here."
For more on the Hurricanes' matchup with Louisville, check out the Russell Athletic Bowl Preview page.