A new player was sidelined Monday at University of Miami football practice.
Freshman Evidence Njoku, the 6-6, 196-pound younger brother of former UM star David Njoku, walked out to practice on crutches and a large metal brace on his left knee.
The good news: Coach Mark Richt said after Monday’s practice that Njoku “hyperextended his knee.””
“He’s day-to-day. No surgery,’’ Richt said.
Please note that last week, the first week of fall camp, Njoku had a protective-type, flexible brace on his right knee, and he was full-go, sometimes jumping a mile high like big brother and making some nice catches. He was not injured at that point.
On Monday, after he walked out, he got on a conditioning bike, his knee-braced left knee extended.
Evidence, from Cedar Grove, N.J., was a consensus three-star prospect and one of the top recruits in New Jersey.
***Richt also spoke Mondahy about linebacker Michael Pinckney, sidelined with a hamstring strain after sitting out of practice since last Thursday. “
“Pinckey is like a lot of pulled muscle type things,’’ the coach said Monday. “Its day by day. You just never know. We’re hoping sooner than later on him. We’re thinking sooner than later — but who knows?
“Here’s what I worry about. I worry about the other guys having to have too many reps because the guy is out. We’re going three units right now. We’re trying to go fast. It puts pressure on the rest of the guys.
“I think Pinckney will be fine, but he needs to be sharp. He’s not a guy that is this wily veteran that doesn’t need to get better. He needs to get better, too. When he’s right, he’s right.”
***Sophomore tight end Michael Irvin II missed practice as well. Irvin missed the last half of the first session of fall camp last Tuesday. He has been dealing with dehydration. Friday was the first day he missed and he hasn’t been back.
“He’s getting better,’’ Richt said. “It should be very soon’’ he’s back.
***The quarterbacks and rest of the offense went to the Mark Light Field to practice Monday, so we couldn’t see anything there.
***RB Robert Burns is still out there with a green, no-contact jersey.
We talk to coach Mark Richt after practice.