Stephen Morris Injury: Updates on Hurricanes QB's Ankle, Likely Return Date
Miami (Fla.) quarterback Stephen Morris re-injured his ankle vs. South Florida. From the Miami Herald's Manny Navarro:
#Canes QB Stephen Morris sitting on the sideline with a baseball cap on. Trainers examine his right ankle.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) September 28, 2013
Previously, Morris left last week's game against Savannah State in the first quarter with an injury the Hurricanes treated the injury as a sprained right ankle.
WQAM's Josh Darrow says #UM QB Stephen Morris x-rays show no break to the right ankle. "Treating it like a sprain."— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) September 22, 2013
The Hurricanes later ruled Morris out for the game, per Navarro.
#UM formally announces QB Stephen Morris is out for the remainder of the game with a lower extremity injury— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) September 22, 2013
UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 28
From Rotoworld's Josh Norris:
Stephen Morris hobbling to the sideline. Might have reinjured the ankle.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) September 28, 2013
From the Miami Herald's Manny Navarro:
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 26
Matt Kelley of the Miami Herald has an update from Hurricanes head coach Al Golden about Stephen Morris' status for this weekend:
“He was good — did more [Wednesday] than [Tuesday],” Golden said. “It’s still three days out. I don’t suspect it will be an issue.”
Al Golden later confirmed that Morris avoided any serious injury (via Heather Dinich and Andrea Adelson of ESPN).
Let me try that again. Al Golden says X-rays on Stephen Morris' ankle are negative and he'll be fine. Hazards of typing too fast!— Dinich/Adelson (@ESPN_ACC) September 22, 2013
After starting the game by leading the 16th-ranked Hurricanes on consecutive touchdown drives, Morris was injured early on the team's third drive. He went down after being hit on an incomplete pass on a 2nd-and-8 situation, lying on the turf briefly before gimping to the sidelines. Obviously in pain when walking to the sidelines, he was attended to by trainers and then taken to the locker room to get treatment and receive the X-rays.
The Hurricanes have opened up a large lead on Savannah State, an FCS program, and likely won't need Morris to pull it out. With his night over, Morris will finish the game with 83 yards on 3-of-4 passing, including an 80-yard touchdown pass to Allen Hurns.
The senior quarterback has gotten off to a rocky start in 2013, his second straight season as Miami’s first-string quarterback. He’d completed a career-low 51.9 percent of his passes and thrown three touchdowns against two interceptions coming into Week 4. ESPN’s QBR metric, which rates a quarterback’s effectiveness as a runner and thrower on a scale of 1 to 100, currently has Morris at 34.9—also a career-low.
Although he has struggled somewhat as an individual, Morris’ Hurricanes have enjoyed great success early in the season. They defeated 12th-ranked Florida two weeks ago, leapfrogging into the Top 25 after being absent in the preseason. Morris threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns against the Gators.
Morris was replaced by Ryan Williams. The junior signal-caller had attempted just four passes in Miami's first two games, completing three for 40 yards. Williams split time with Morris as the Hurricanes starting quarterback in 2010.
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