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Miami WR Dorsett Out 4-6 Weeks

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Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett suffered a partial MCL tear against North Carolina on Thursday and is expected to miss up to six weeks. Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images.
Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett suffered a partial MCL tear against North Carolina on Thursday and is expected to miss up to six weeks. Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images.

Miami receiver Phillip Dorsett is expected to miss up to six weeks with a partially torn MCL, coach Al Golden told reporters Friday.

Dorsett injured his knee in a 27-23 win at North Carolina on Thursday. The receiver, seen on the sideline using crutches, could return by the end of the season.

"We're all grateful," Golden said according to the Miami Herald. "It did not look good last night. We're very relieved and obviously disappointed for the young man. But certainly it could have been far worse than that."

That's good news for the Hurricanes, though they'll be without perhaps their best receiver against Florida State and Virginia Tech in November. Dorsett caught 58 passes for 842 yards last season, though he'd only racked up 13 catches and 272 yards before getting hurt.

Duke Johnson, in the discussion as the ACC's best running back, also left in the first quarter with what many feared to be a concussion. On Friday, Golden made it seem like the team believes Johnson, who has a history of migraines, may have been suffering from a headache rather than a jarring hit.

"In my career, in my time here, I've seen guys with concussions," Golden said. "They can't even open their eyes or get up the next day. I think we've dodged a bullet there and hopefully he'll continue to make progress as the week unfolds."

Miami overcame the loss of two of its best skill players and four interceptions by quarterback Stephen Morris in a come-from-behind win to improve to 6-0. The Coastal Division may come down to Nov. 9, when the Hurricanes face Virginia Tech.

Dallas Crawford ran for more than 130 yards in Johnson's stead Thursday, but Miami likely will need Johnson to have a chance against the stout defenses fielded by FSU and Virginia Tech.