Miami was already likely to be down Jacory Harris, and now its backfield has taken another hit because of tailback Damien Berry's injuries.
Berry, who has 690 yards and four touchdowns, won't play against Maryland on Saturday.
But is it that big a deal? Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen tends to think not.
"They got about four or five of them," Friedgen said of Miami's tailbacks. "I don't think that's big news. I think the least one was averaging 5.1 [yards a carry]. I think they were all 5.1, 5.9, 5.8. They're all around 6-foot, 215 [pound]. Plug in the next guy."
He's probably right. Lamar Miller has 252 yards (on 5.5 yards a carry). Mike James has 5.9 yards per rush (and 243 yards total). Even veteran Graig Cooper, who was a major part of the Hurricanes' backfield last year at times before suffering an ACL tear in the Champs Sports Bowl, could factor in. Cooper has nine carries for 75 yards this season.
Miami has gone the plug-and-play route at running back throughout coach Randy Shannon's tenure. Chances are Berry's backups aren't quite as capable as he is, but that the difference will generally be negligible as far as Maryland is concerned.