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FIU Panthers’ Alex Gardner to miss upcoming games

FIU Panthers running back Alex Gardner (1) rushes to the one yard line as FIU hosts Marshall at Ocean Bank Stadium in Miami on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
FIU Panthers running back Alex Gardner (1) rushes to the one yard line as FIU hosts Marshall at Ocean Bank Stadium in Miami on Saturday, October 18, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

FIU’s leading rusher, freshman Alex Gardner, will miss the Nov. 1 Rice game and is “very doubtful” for the Nov. 8 game at Old Dominion, FIU coach Ron Turner said Wednesday.

Gardner became the first true freshman in FIU history with three 100-yard rushing games during Saturday’s loss to Marshall. He went over 100 yards — to 104 — on his last carry, a 19-yarder. His absence will increase the workload for junior Anthon Samuel, junior Lamarq Caldwell and possibly freshman Napoleon Maxwell.

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