Syracuse Orange running back Ervin Philips suffered what he called a “minor setback” regarding his lower body injury and will be out for today’s game against Wake Forest at the Carrier Dome. Philips announced the setback on his personal Twitter page.
Minor set back, I'll be back orange nation.
— Erv Philips (@Ambition1_) September 10, 2015
Just what the injury is remains a mystery. Stephen Bailey of Syracuse.com reported that Philips had been seen on crutches and favoring his left foot, while Chris Carlson reported that Philips had surgery for a torn meniscus and would be out for several weeks.
Either way, Philips is a big loss for the Orange, even though he’s only a sophomore. He rushed for 193 yards last year while also adding 57 yards on 15 catches, and returned 25 kickoffs for 476 yards. A former three-star recruit from West Haven, Connecticut, his role was expected to grow this year.
Unfortunately, Syracuse will have to make do without him as well as quarterback Terrel Hunt, who tore his Achilles tendon in last weekend’s season opener against Rhode Island.
Campus Sports will update Philips’ recovery as more information becomes available.
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