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Former Miami player JoJo Nicolas hospitalized after auto accident

Nick Bromberg
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Former Miami safety JoJo Nicolas was taken to the hospital after a crash on a Miami highway early Tuesday morning.

Shortly before 5 a.m., Nicolas's car ran in the back of an 18-wheeler and became wedged underneath the trailer. He was taken to the hospital with what Miami Beach police said were severe injuries.

He played for the Hurricanes from 2007-11 and went to training camp with the New York Giants in 2012.

His family posted a picture to his Instagram account asking for prayers following the accident.

Tuesday afternoon, Miami coach Al Golden released a statement.

"During this extremely difficult time for JoJo and his family, our Miami family extends our prayers to them and our hope for his recovery," Golden said. "He is a big part of our U family and all of us are pulling for him."

Police are investigating whether or not speed was a contributing factor in the crash. From the Miami Herald:

Hernandez said it appears the refrigerated food distribution truck was at a red light, about to go, when the gray sedan crashed into the rear. Rescue crews had to cut the roof of the sedan to remove the man. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with severe injuries, Hernandez said.

His 25th birthday is on Monday and he tweeted early Tuesday morning that he was celebrating his birthday week.

In 2011, Nicolas started all 12 games for the Hurricanes and recorded 66 total tackles and two interceptions. He went to Homestead High in the Miami area.

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