Coker says Parrish, Square will play in opener

Updated: August 24, 2003, 9:36 PM ET

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Wide receiver Roscoe Parrish and defensive end John Square, both of whom have been recovering from knee injuries, will be available for Miami's season-opener Thursday against Louisiana Tech, coach Larry Coker said Sunday.

Parrish, who is expected to serve as the third-ranked Hurricanes' primary slot receiver and punt returner, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Aug. 11. He will not start, but will play Thursday, Coker said.

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his knee, also may play on Thursday, Coker said.

"He's moving around awfully well and we're getting a lot of good reports," Coker said.

At least two dozen Miami players have battled injuries during preseason. Most of the injuries have been minor, but several starters -- including middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma, tight end Kellen Winslow, right tackle Vernon Carey, wide receiver Jason Geathers, defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Santonio Thomas and linebackers D.J. Williams and McIntosh -- have been sidelined at times during the preseason.

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