Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden said Sunday that freshman WR Malcolm Lewis, who dislocated his ankle on Saturday, is out for the season.
In his Sunday teleconference with reporters, Golden said he expects Lewis will qualify for a medical hardship waiver, according to the Miami Herald. The school will have to apply for the waiver, which would allow Lewis to count this season as a redshirt year.
The freshman from Miramar, Fla., was injured at the end of his 12-yard reception on a play that took the ball to Georgia Tech's 4-yard line late in the first quarter. He was tackled by Georgia Tech linebacker Brandon Watts.
The entire Hurricanes squad gathered near their sideline, and players took a knee as the game was stopped for several minutes while members of both schools' medical and training staffs tended to Lewis. He was taken to an Atlanta hospital.
"You could see from about 50 yards away that something was not right," Golden told the Herald on Saturday. "When I got out there I just wanted the kid to understand we were there for him."
Golden could be seen embracing Lewis while medical staff placed an inflatable cast on his ankle. Lewis has eight receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown this season.
Golden said Sunday that while his ankle was officially called a dislocation by UM, "there's probably a fracture involved" that could require "some type of procedure done." When asked to clarify if that meant Lewis would need surgery, Golden declined to comment, saying he felt uncomfortable discussing a player's injury.
Besides Lewis, the Canes lost punter Dalton Botts during the Georgia Tech game to a right ankle sprain. Golden said it is not a high ankle sprain, and that Botts could resume kicking as soon as Thursday.