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UM QB Brad Kaaya listed as questionable for Duke, but still not expected to play

Miami's Brad Kaaya is sacked by Clemson's Shaq Lawson in the first quarter as the University of Miami hosts Clemson at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Miami's Brad Kaaya is sacked by Clemson's Shaq Lawson in the first quarter as the University of Miami hosts Clemson at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, October 24, 2015. adiaz@miamiherald.com

The Miami Hurricanes sent out their first injury report of the season Thursday night, and quarterback Brad Kaaya (concussion) was listed as questionable.

However, Kaaya was still not expected to play against Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday.

And unless there was a significant turnaround, he wasn’t even expected to travel to Durham, North Carolina to help on the sideline.

The Hurricanes’ concussion protocol, a specific list of steps that must be taken during the healing period, includes return-to-play instructions that say the athlete should practice in full-contact, normal training activities before he returns to a game situation.

Given the facts that the Canes’ quarterback sustained a concussion last Saturday in the 58-0 debacle against Clemson, and did not practice Tuesday or Wednesday, and still wasn’t able to watch film on Wednesday, according to his roommate and first-time starter Malik Rosier, his chances never looked promising.

And for the first time this season, Kaaya wasn’t listed as a captain by the twitter feed of the University of Miami football program -- @CanesFootball.

Not listed on the injury report: receiver Rashawn Scott, who sustained what appeared to be a shoulder injury against Clemson. However, a source said he is also unlikely to travel.

The announced captains for Duke: tight end Stan Dobard, safety Dallas Crawford, receiver Herb Waters and cornerback Artie Burns. Burns is playing just four days after his mother, Dana Smith, died at age 44 of a heart attack.

The funeral for Smith will be later next week.

Also, for those into game-day unis, the Canes are wearing all white Saturday.

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