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UM’s Ereck Flowers returns to practice

UM left tackle Ereck Flowers, who injured his knee against Virginia Tech, is practicing but his return date is still uncertain.
UM left tackle Ereck Flowers, who injured his knee against Virginia Tech, is practicing but his return date is still uncertain. Miami Herald Staff

Ereck Flowers wants to play Saturday against FSU.

The issue now is whether his surgically repaired knee will respond the way he wants it to.

Wearing large braces on both knees and moving gingerly, UM’s starting left tackle was out with teammates for a 60-minute practice in shorts and helmets Monday. The big test, coach Al Golden said, will come Tuesday when practice ramps up with real contact. Golden said he “would not bet against” Flowers being ready to play.

“I know he wants to play, has been working like crazy since two Wednesday’s ago [when he had surgery],” Golden said. “Today we eased him into drills, a little bit of movement. Hopefully, we don’t have a setback, no swelling. But we have a long way to go.”

Also practicing was running back Gus Edwards (ankle), who is expected to play Saturday, but is still not 100 percent.

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