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Boston College suffers tough blow on injury front

Eagles will be without best offensive player for season opener. Dave Miller

Print This August 18, 2011, 01:22 PM EST

Boston College suffered a big blow on the injury front as top offensive weapon Montel Harris underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will be out for the season opener against Northwestern -- and possibly longer -- according to Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe.

Montel HarrisICONBoston College will be without top RB Montel Harris for at least the opener.

The Eagles' top running back will be sidelined for three to four weeks, keeping him out of the season opener Sept. 3 and possibly the second game against Central Florida Sept. 10.

Harris' 2010 season ended prematurely due to an injury to the same left knee, and he required surgery after getting hurt. This setback in his recovery required a second procedure.

"He was fine for a few days, and then he came out at practice yesterday and said that it doesn't feel right," head coach Frank Spaziani said. "So we shut him down and said let's go to the doctor, who looked at it again. They took an MRI and they said they were going to scope him."

Sophomores Andre Williams and Rolandan Finch will receive the bulk of the carries in Harris' place.

Spaziani said he was concerned when Harris' initial recovery time kept getting extended this offseason.

"Now I’m very concerned,’’ he said. “I feel bad for the kid. He looked like his old self.’’

This is a brutal blow to an Eagles offense so dependent on the legs of Harris. NU and UCF are two strong nonconference opponents out of the gate, so this amps up the pressure on sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig as he tries to get the BC offense moving early in the season.

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