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FIU Panthers’ Alex Gardner ‘very doubtful’ for game vs. Rice

FIU Panthers running back Alex Gardner (1) as taken down by defensive back Corey Tindal (10) as both are injured on the play in the fourth quarter as FIU hosts Marshall at Ocean Bank Stadium in Miami on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
FIU Panthers running back Alex Gardner (1) as taken down by defensive back Corey Tindal (10) as both are injured on the play in the fourth quarter as FIU hosts Marshall at Ocean Bank Stadium in Miami on Saturday, October 18, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

RB ‘very doubtful’ for next game

FIU coach Ron Turner doesn’t know how long leading rusher Alex Gardner will be out with a right shoulder injury, but called him “very doubtful” for the Panthers’ next game, Nov. 1, against Rice.

Asked for an update on Gardner, after a three-second pause Turner said, “Don’t know. It might be a couple of weeks, we don’t know. So, we'll wait and see how it comes along.”

When asked whether the injury is season ending, Turner said, “I hope not. I mean, you never know on these things. We’ll look at it later this week and see, get a feel. I don’t think so. But you never know. It’s a possibility.”

▪ FIU will practice Wednesday morning, then take Thursday, Friday and Saturday off before returning Sunday.

David J. Neal

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