Miami sophomore linebacker Gionni Paul hurt his knee Wednesday during practice after getting faked out by juking freshman running back Duke Johnson. But Hurricanes coach Al Golden told reporters Thursday that Paul is expected back in "two or three days."
Paul, a 6-1, 232-pounder out of Lakeland Kathleen High, saw action in seven games last season and had four tackles. Just after the new year he was on crutches and had his right knee in a brace and was not able to bend. It is unknown if he injured the same knee Wednesday.
Paul had been listed on the depth chart behind starter Ramon Buchanan, who tore his ACL last season. There was an or on the depth chart between Paul and Tyrone Cornileus.
Linebacker Jimmy Gaines, opposite Paul on the other side, has been wearing a yellow (limited) jersey because of a foot injury.
Wednesday was Johnson's first full practice since Sunday, when he suffered a bad migraine. On Tuesday Johnson wore a red no-contact jersey, but Wednesday he was back in his usual white jersey with No. 8 on it. He has been wearing a heavily tinted helmet shield to keep the bright sunlight down for precautionary reasons related to his occasional migraines. The tinting will gradually decrease during fall practice so Johnson can get accustomed to playing in games without it.