Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett suffered a partially torn medial collateral ligament in Thursday night's game against North Carolina and will miss four to six weeks, Hurricanes coach Al Golden said.
Dorsett, one of the team's top receivers, injured his knee late in the first quarter of Miami's 27-23 victory and didn't return to the game.
The Hurricanes feared after the game that the injury might be worse than an MCL.
"Last night it did not look good," Golden said. "We're all relieved and I know he is. We're all disappointed, but he'll go through the adversity and be back. Certainly, it could have been far worse."
Dorsett has 13 receptions this season for the No. 10 Hurricanes and ranks second on the team in receiving yards with 272.
Safety Kacy Rodgers and running back Duke Johnson also were injured Thursday night but should not miss any games, Golden said.
Rodgers hurt an ankle and Johnson went out after taking a knee to the helmet. Johnson, the team's leading rusher, is still being evaluated by medical personnel, Golden said.