MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Hurricanes were hoping to compete for a top position in the Atlantic Coast Conference behind the Duke Blue Devils. But that road just got a lot tougher for the Hurricanes thanks to the latest injury to a star player.

Hurricanes senior center Reggie Johnson will miss most of the ACC season with a broken left thumb. Johnson will miss at least six and possibly as many as eight weeks due to the injury.

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Johnson missed last week’s tournament in Hawaii and the Canes struggled, including a loss to lowly Indiana State. Johnson has started since his sophomore season and has already missed four games this year.

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Before the injury, Johnson was averaging 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for the Canes. Miami opens ACC play this Saturday against Georgia Tech.

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