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Dorsett listed as doubtful on Canes injury report, sign he could be back soon

When Hurricanes 2012 leading-receiver Phillip Dorsett went down in a heap of pain Oct. 17 at North Carolina it looked ugly. A partially torn medial collateral ligament had him on crutches and was going to keep him out about four-to-six weeks.

Thursday, though, there was a pleasant surprise in UM's injury report when Dorsett was upgraded from out to doubtful for Saturday's game at Duke, a sign he could be ready to come back soon.

The Miami Herald learned last week Dorsett had been catching passes at practice. Quarterback Stephen Morris said Tuesday Dorsett was wearing a yellow non-contact jersey and was in pads at practice this week. But Morris also said Dorsett "has not been running or anything."

"I hope he's close. I really don't know the extent of how close," Morris said. "But I know whenever I'm in the treatment room he's always in there with me. He's doing a lot of good things. I know [trainer] Vinnie [Scavo] is really excited for him."

It's more likely Dorsett could be ready for the home finale against Virginia a week from Saturday.

> As expected, backup linebacker Alex Figueroa (shoulder) has been ruled out of Saturday's game at Duke.