Ereck Flowers has been Miami's best offensive lineman this season and he's done a great job of protecting Brad Kaaya's blindside this season.
Head coach Al Golden announced today that Flowers is not expected to play on Saturday against North Carolina because of a knee issue.
"It’s tough because we don’t know," Golden said of the exact injury. "The doctors seem to think it was an old injury that flared up. They will take a good look at it tomorrow to see what’s up. I do not expect him to play."So if he's unable to go, how long is he expected to be out of the lineup?
"We will know more tomorrow for sure."
Golden said that if Flowers is unable to go, he's confident that he'll still be able to provide a lot from the sideline.
"Everything that Ereck has shown us in terms of his effort and leadership, we need that from him to push the guys around him," he said. "Hopefully those other guys have learned from Ereck and now they have a great opportunity. It has to be next man in mentality and we have to get ready for that quickly."
Freshman Trevor Darling took reps with the first team today in place of Flowers.
"He’s ready to go," Golden said. "He’s gotten lots of work with the ones and will be ready for this opportunity. (Hunter) Wells, (Alex) Gall, (Sunny) Odogwu, Joe Brown, all of those guys must continue coming on. We feel badly for Ereck but it’s a great opportunity for those guys to step up and develop."
The coaches are not completely sure what the starting group will look like on Saturday if their standout junior left tackle is unable to go.
"We’ll work Jon at both, Sunny at both, Trevor at both, and Hunter Wells at both and let their play unfold," Golden said.
Stay on CanesTime.com for more on this as the week progresses and what the new lineup might mean for Miami's offensive success.