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Canes left tackle Ereck Flowers progressing but still uncertain for FSU

UM left tackle Ereck Flowers is shown during a game against Boston College.
UM left tackle Ereck Flowers is shown during a game against Boston College. Miami Herald Staff

Less than two weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus, Miami Hurricanes left tackle Ereck Flowers practiced again Tuesday during a full-pads session.

Coach Al Golden said Flowers looked “good,” but tempered that by indicating he’s still not full go.

“Again, I wouldn’t say we’re cutting him loose yet, but he made progress,” Golden said during his teleconference. “And to follow up on yesterday, he didn’t go backwards. That’s the relief that we needed to see.”

Nose tackle Mike Wyche was asked how Flowers looked in practice.

“Oh, Big E?” Wyche replied. “He’s doing real well. He’s a fighter. He’s a competitor. And he’s one of the toughest O-linemen I ever played with.

“He’s a different type of breed,” Wyche continued about Flowers returning so quickly. “He wants to play. That’s Big E for you.”

Flowers, a 6-6, 324-pound junior out of Miami Norland High, had played in 33 consecutive games until he missed the North Carolina game Nov. 1.

UM listed freshman Trevor Darling as the starting left tackle on the new depth chart released Tuesday. Jon Feliciano, who played left tackle against UNC, was listed as the starting right tackle.

All Golden would say about that: “If Ereck doesn’t play, those two guys will be playing tackle, like they did last week. … They both can play either side.”

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