The Miami Hurricanes lost leading tackler, defensive captain and starting inside linebacker Raphael Kirby with what appeared to be a serious right knee injury with 6:54 left in the third quarter Saturday against Virginia Tech.
Kirby's right knee buckled as he ran over to try and make a tackle on Virginia Tech tight end Kevin Cline in the flat. Kirby quickly signaled for UM trainers to come over and help him before the play was even over. Trainers helped Kirby off the field and when he reached the training table he slammed his first against it in anger.
WQAM sideline reporter Josh Darrow said the iniury did not look good and that Kirby had tears in his eyes as teammates came over to console him. Darrow said Kirby would not return to action.
The Hurricanes are already thin at linebacker. UM lost Darrion Owens to a season-ending knee injury against FAU and then backup Marquis Gayot to a neck injury for an undetermined amount of time after he was hurt in practice a few weeks ago.