CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Brad Kaaya is expected to play this weekend for No. 16 Miami, though the standout quarterback's shoulder injury remains a concern for the Hurricanes as they prepare for their matchup with North Carolina.
The specifics of Kaaya's injury aren't known, other than the shoulder issue started when he was sacked on the first play of the Hurricanes' 20-19 loss to Florida State this past Saturday. Hurricanes coach Mark Richt says Kaaya was shut down from throwing earlier this week, though that restriction was no longer in place when the team practiced yesterday. Richt says Kaaya practiced the "whole way."
Running back Mark Walton suggested otherwise, saying Kaaya was "shut down" a bit during practice. Walton also, however believes Kaaya will be out there Saturday.
Miami (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) and North Carolina (4-2, 2-1) are both looking up at Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0) and Virginia (2-3, 1-0) in the Coastal Division race. And though it's early, the loser of the Hurricanes-Tar Heels game Saturday would already have two losses in league play and little margin for error the rest of the way.