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UM coach Al Golden gives players day off to heal injuries

With several players hobbled by injuries, UM coach Al Golden gave the team the day off Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.
With several players hobbled by injuries, UM coach Al Golden gave the team the day off Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. AP

Hurricanes coach Al Golden gave the players off from practice Monday, which will help the mounting injured with their healing as they prepare for their third two-a-day of camp on Tuesday.

On Sunday, the last day the Canes practiced, more red, no-contact jerseys popped up during their morning session.

The players who wore red Sunday were first-team tight end Stan Dobard (hand), first-team kicker Mike Badgley (hip), possible first-team rush end Al-Quadin Muhammad (hip) and safety Ryan Mayes (hamstring).

The players who were in yellow, limited-contact jerseys were first-team slot receiver Braxton Berrios (hamstring) and first-team safety Deon Bush (hamstring).

Backup middle linebacker Juwon Young sprained the bottom of his foot and missed his second consecutive day of practice Sunday.

When asked what the balance was “between protecting guys from getting too sore and hurt and letting them go at it,” Golden said it was “a fine line.”

“You’ve got to balance it,” he said, “but when it’s time to go we’ve got to go. Golden said today in college “it’s not even remotely close” to what it used to be regarding contact. “We used to go two-a-days for 14 days straight. I think we have three two-a-days, and all the afternoon practices are in helmets. Every practice used to be in pads.”

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