Tape It Up: Miami: Not a Word (or a Picture)

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Miami: Not a Word (or a Picture)

While some professional players are busy faking injuries (see Bettis, Jerome), the University of Miami is trying to keep theirs as quiet as possible. Head coach Randy Shannon has told press that his most experienced tailback, senior Charlie Jones, will miss the first three games of the season, but he won't reveal any details on the injury or if surgery is required. If you found an unauthorized person with a video camera in your practice area, you might be tight-lipped, too.

According to the Palm Beach Post, someone attempted to videotape Miami's Thursday practice from a multi-level garage behind the practice fields. Security chased out the would-be videographer, but he returned to his perch at least once. Whether the perpetrator was a spy for Marshall, Miami's first opponent, an overzealous fan or someone unfortunately lost in the parking garage is yet to be determined, but Shannon doesn't like it, and he's keeping his mouth shut about Jones, and all injured players, until further notice.

Jones started at tailback to begin the 2006 season, but lost the starting role to Javarris James after three games. He continued to contribute throughout the season and has 713 career rush yards and ten rushing touchdowns to his name.

We don't know why Jones is hurt, but this much we do know: the 5-foot-10, 219-pound back was injured after practice on Aug. 4 and has not worked out for two weeks. We know he will miss at least three games, but Shannon does not know (or is not saying) what it will take for Jones to come back, if he can come back. Without Jones on the two-deep, James, a sophomore, should continue as the starter, with freshman Graig Cooper and junior Derron Thomas getting some time in the rotation, as well.

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