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Morris leaves early with sprained right ankle injury WQAM reports

Quarterback Stephen Morris left tonight's game with 8:51 to play in the first quarter and was escorted into the locker room by staffers. The injury: a sprained right ankle.

After x-rays were performed, WQAM sideline reporter Josh Darrow said on the radio broadcast UM was "treating it like a sprain."

From watching him on the sideline through my binoculars Morris didn't appear to be in a great amount of pain, but he was favoring his ankle as he walked off the field. We'll have to find out after the game if it is a high-ankle sprain or a just a regular sprain.

High-ankle sprains are considered more severe and require longer rehab.

UM coach Al Golden didn't sound too worried, though, telling TV reporters as he walked off the field at halftime: "Stephen's fine. X-rays were negative."

Morris injured his ankle on a pass intended for Clive Walford that he threw out of bounds on UM's third offensive series of the game. He was tackled from behind by defensive end Alex Wierzbicki on the play.