Posted by Chip Patterson
Boston College is just one workout into spring practice, and their most valuable offensive asset has already been shut down. Head coach Frank Spaziani announced on Tuesday that senior running back Montel Harris will not participate in the rest of spring practice due to a re-aggravation of the left knee injury that held him out of all but two games in 2011.
Harris participated in Saturday's first practice, but complained of soreness afterwards. The school's all-time leader in career rushing yards (3,735) and carries (786) underwent surgery on his left knee last August, and was granted a medical hardship waiver to participate in 2012.
Harris was cleared by doctors to participate in spring practice last week, but Spaziani admitted to ESPN.com's Heather Dinich there was concern about the possibility of re-injury. The head coach indicated the focus of Harris' spring would be getting healthy for the season opener in September.
After Harris underwent the initial procedure on his left knee, the 2011 Preseason ACC Player of the Year was thought to be sidelined for only four to six weeks. The re-aggravation after just one practice should cause major concern for Spaziani and the rest of the Eagles' coaching staff.
Harris is the ACC's active leader in rushing yards and carries. He is just 868 yards from overtaking NC State running back Ted Brown as the league's all-time rushing leader. At ACC Media Day last July, the popular thought was that the record would be broken in 2011. Even with an extra year of eligibility, the focus has moved away from 100-yard games to staying 100 percent healthy.
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Montel Harris (knee) out for spring practice
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:52 pm