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Miami RB Duke Johnson out for year

Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson (8) is carted off with an injury after the game
Duke Johnson (8) leads Miami in rushing with 920 rushing yards.
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)

Miami running back Duke Johnson will miss the remainder of the 14th-ranked Hurricanes' season with a broken right ankle.

Johnson was hurt in the third quarter of Saturday night's 41-14 loss at No. 3 Florida State. He got hit just behind the line of scrimmage, his right leg bent awkwardly and then a mass of bodies landed atop him.Coach Al Golden on Sunday confirmed that Johnson was out for the season.

Miami (7-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) still controls the league's Coastal Division and could move a big step closer to wrapping up that title with a win this coming weekend against Virginia Tech.

But once again, the buzzword in Miami is adversity. After the NCAA scandal ended, the Hurricanes hoped the worst was over. Instead, now a new problem arises.

Johnson got hurt on a fourth-and-2 play in Florida State territory late in the third quarter, when Miami was trying to cut into what was then a 35-14 deficit. It will be his final carry of a season where he finished with 920 yards, making him the second Miami back in history with consecutive 900-yard seasons. Edgerrin James is the other.

Johnson's injury is the second significant one to rob Miami's offense of a key skill player this season. The Hurricanes are still without wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who partially tore a ligament in his left knee last month and is expected to remain sidelined for at least a couple more weeks.

With Johnson out, Miami figures to use running back Dallas Crawford in the feature-back role going forward.

''There's a lesson in every loss.. Learn from it.. and move on,'' Crawford wrote on Twitter early Sunday.

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