Miami running back Cam’Ron Harris leaves UNC game with apparent right leg injury

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Cam’Ron Harris was not able to put any weight on his right leg when he came off the field with an injury in the third quarter of the Miami Hurricanes’ game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Thursday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Harris began the second half with a 22-yard run — his longest of the day — and went down hard after weaving through the Tar Heels’ defense at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Manny Diaz and a group of trainers quickly rushed onto the field to check on their running back.

Harris stayed down for a long time while Dr. Lee Kaplan examined his left leg. He eventually hobbled off the field with help from two trainers, unable to put weight on his right leg.

Before his 22-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Harris had just 4 yards on five carries. The Hurricanes ran for just 21 yards on 11 carries in the first half, for an average of 1.9 yards per carry.

Harris finished the game with six carries for 26 yards. The junior has been Miami’s primary tailback for the last two seasons and leads the Hurricanes this season with 71 carries for 409 yards and five touchdowns. With Donald Chaney Jr. also out for the season with a knee injury, Jaylan Knighton took over as Miami’s top running back and fellow running back Cody Brown scored a touchdown at the end of the drive — his first against a non-FCS opponent. Freshman Thad Franklin is the only other healthy scholarship running back on the roster.

The Hurricanes quickly ruled out Harris for the game, classifying it as a “lower-extremity” injury.

Harris, who started 10 games last year and three games the year before, has 1,628 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns in his career.

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