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Miami Hurricanes safety Rayshawn Jenkins to have season-ending back surgery

 
 
Miami's Rayshawn Jenkins celebrates on the field after intercepting a Georgia Tech pass in the fourth quarter as the University of Miami hosts Georgia Tech at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
Miami's Rayshawn Jenkins celebrates on the field after intercepting a Georgia Tech pass in the fourth quarter as the University of Miami hosts Georgia Tech at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

mnavvaro@MiamiHerald.com

Safety Rayshawn Jenkins, who started 12 games last season and had 46 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups for the Hurricanes, will have season-ending back surgery on Monday, a source told the Miami Herald.

Jenkins first posted the news late Wednesday night on his Facebook page: “Will not be playing this season but I wish my boys the best. I would do anything to be out there with them but everything happens for a reason. #MinorSetBackMajorComeBack”

The source said Jenkins injured his back lifting weights and was trying to play through the pain. Jenkins last practiced on Monday. The recovery following surgery is expected to take at least six months, the source said.

“That hurt. That hurt us big time,” senior safety Dallas Crawford said of losing Jenkins. “But he’s still going to be out here coaching us. He has a lot of game experience. So he can still help the team in a lot of ways. But we need him.”

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