In the just-when-you-thought-it-couldn’t-get-worse category: Miami Hurricanes fifth-year senior receiver Davon Johnson sustained a knee injury during practice Tuesday and is not expected to play for Miami (5-5) in the 3 p.m. home finale Saturday against South Florida (3-6).
Johnson, a Miamian having his best season, did not practice Wednesday. He was seen on crutches and wore a heavy brace over thick bandaging on his left knee and leg.
Johnson has played in all 10 games and has 21 catches for 348 yards – a team best 16.6-yards-per-catch. His total receiving yardage ranks third best on the team, behind Phillip Dorsett (648) and Rashawn Scott (512).
Scott is suspended indefinitely. Wide receiver Allen Hurns, who broke his left thumb last Saturday, is expected to play with the proper wrapping or soft cast. Freshmen receivers Malcolm Lewis and Robert Lockhart are already out with season-ending injuries.
That leaves Dorsett, freshman Herb Waters (five catches) and senior Kendal Thompkins (two catches) as the only healthy scholarship wide receivers available. Walk-on Garrett Kidd also could see playing time.
Freshman special-teams player Gabe Terry (disciplinary) has not returned, and safety Deon Bush (stingers) is not expected to play, Golden confirmed.
On the bright side: Golden reiterated that he expects linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) will play, as well as reinstated linebacker Eddie Johnson. He also said reinstated defensive end Kelvin Cain will play.