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Miami Hurricanes QB Ryan Williams to undergo knee surgery


The Miami Hurricanes might have to scrap their quarterback plan for the 2014 season.

Fifth-year senior Ryan Williams, who was expected to be the team's starter this fall, will undergo surgery early next week to repair a knee injury that doctors believe could be a torn ACL, The Miami Herald reported, citing a person with knowledge of the situation.

The school confirmed to The Herald that Williams suffered a non-contact injury to his right knee Friday night during a closed scrimmage, but did not provide a timetable for his recovery.

The source told the Herald that Williams might be able to return in time to play, depending on the results of the surgery and his rehabilitation. But if the injury is as severe as it's feared to be, he would face a significant layoff before he could get back to playing and might not be ready before the 2014 season concludes.

Williams, who played in four games last season as the backup to Stephen Morris -- a prospect in this year's draft -- and completed 22 of 32 passes for 369 yards, three touchdown passes and one interception.

Kevin Olsen, the younger brother of Panthers tight end and former Hurricane star Greg Olsen, and Gray Crow are next on the depth chart at quarterback for Miami, which will hold its spring game April 12.

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