Knee injuries aren't as severe as originally thought

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami defensive tackle Santonio Thomas and guard Tyler McMeans may return to action this season after tests Monday revealed that their knee injuries weren't as severe as originally believed.

"There will be no surgery required for either player," coach Larry Coker said. "Hopefully they will return later this season."

No timetable was given for their return.

Thomas and McMeans were injured in Miami's 45-31 victory at North Carolina State on Saturday night.

The Hurricanes have already lost star offensive tackle Eric Winston for the season to a knee injury.

No. 4 Miami plays at North Carolina on Saturday.