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FSU could be without Rashad Greene, Karlos Williams against Syracuse

Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene (80) runs after a catch against Clemson during the first half at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.
Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene (80) runs after a catch against Clemson during the first half at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. MCT

Florida State could be without two of its top offensive players for Saturday’s game at Syracuse.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday senior receiver Rashad Greene (concussion) and senior running back Karlos Williams (ankle) are in doubt after each suffered injuries during the Seminoles’ 43-3 win over Wake Forest on Saturday.

Fisher sounded a little more optimistic about Greene, who he said responded well to the injury but is still going through FSU’s concussion protocol. Greene’s 38 catches and 576 receiving yards are each more than double that of the team’s next highest receiver.

“He didn’t have the headaches and the vision [problems] and a lot of those things,” Fisher said. “But those things, I’ve seen them [where], one day, they’re real good and, the next day, the effects will come later. … You don’t want to take any chances to end their careers or lives.”

But Williams, who has run for 353 yards and five touchdowns this season, will likely miss the game.

“If I had to give a percentage, I would say, yes [Williams will be out],” Fisher said. “But [it depends] just how the guys heal and where they’re at.”

Senior center Austin Barron could miss the rest of the season with an arm injury. Fisher said reserve quarterback Sean Maguire could miss a “week or two” with a hand injury. Freshmen Demarcus Christmas (high-ankle sprain) and Trey Marshall (concussion) are likely out, too.

Syracuse will be playing shorthanded as well. Orange quarterback Terrell Hunt broke his fibula in last week’s loss to Louisville and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

▪ Fisher said linebacker Terrance Smith was suspended last week for a violation of team rules. He’ll be back in the lineup against Syracuse.

▪ Linebacker Reggie Northrup and kicker Roberto Aguayo each earned ACC Player of the Week honors at their respective positions following their performances against Wake Forest.

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