Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson was involved in a car accident last week in Miami before he went home to Minnesota to attend the funeral of a close friend, a source at the University of Miami confirmed to The Miami Herald on Thursday.
According to Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts records, Henderson projected to the be teams starting right tackle was cited for three infractions by the Florida Highway Patrol during an accident Aug. 1.
Among the infractions: driving with an expired drivers license, disobeying a traffic sign, and driving without a license unknowingly. He was fined a total of $484.
Its unclear if other people were involved or injured in the accident.
UM coach Al Golden told reporters before Thursday mornings practice that Henderson had a medical issue, which he believed to be a concussion, and that the 6-8, 340-pound offensive lineman has yet to be fully cleared to practice.
Henderson returned to the team Sunday night from Minnesota and participated in conditioning drills Monday and Tuesday at Greentree Practice Field. But he missed practice Wednesday and Thursday.
True freshman Ereck Flowers continued to take first-team reps at right tackle in Hendersons absence. Offensive line coach Art Kehoe said Flowers, a January enrollee, isnt playing like a true freshman.
He knows the system, Kehoe said. Now hes starting to figure it out. Hes being aggressive, jumping cadence more and hes finishing plays more.
• Golden said sophomore linebacker Gionni Paul, who had been running with the first team on the weak side, will miss only two to three days after injuring his knee Wednesday at practice though a player who witnessed the injury said it appeared serious.
It was a Category 5 drill and Gionni tried to tackle [running back] Duke [Johnson] and Duke spun out of it, the player who did not want to be identified told The Miami Herald on Thursday. And when Duke spun out, Gionni hit the floor and another player hit his knee. Duke kept going and then shook Larry Hope and thats when everybody went crazy.
Is it bad?
Yeah, the player said. I think so.