Barring a huge surprise, the Hurricanes will be without starting middle linebacker Denzel Perryman when they play at Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Perryman has a deeply bruised high ankle sprain — according to someone close to him — that will keep him out at least a week, if not longer. Perryman has a protective boot on his ankle and will be reevaluated later this week.
Coach Al Golden said Monday that Perryman didn’t practice, but didn’t have an update on his condition.
UM likely will turn to junior Jimmy Gaines in the middle this week. He and sophomore Gionni Paul took the majority of the snaps at middle linebacker Monday, Golden said.
• Golden said offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is in the mix for a starting job this week — at left or right tackle.
• Safety Vaughn Telemaque remained out of practice and wore a knee brace. Freshman linebacker Raphael Kirby and receiver Allen Hurns participated in practice.
• UM didn’t do any hitting in practice Monday. Players wore shorts, jerseys and hat. Golden said he wanted their bodies to take a break.