WR Parrish won't start, but will play

Updated: August 25, 2003, 10:06 AM ET
Associated Press

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Wide receiver Roscoe Parrish and defensive end John Square will play in No. 3 Miami's season opener on Thursday against Louisiana Tech despite being bothered by knee injuries.

Parrish, who is expected to serve as the 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, coach Larry Coker said Sunday.

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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