Jones did not give a timetable for Lane’s possible return.
After Lane missed a practice last week, Jones said he was dealing with an illness in his family. After he missed practice on Thursday, assistant coaches deferred questions to Jones. His announcement on Saturday would seem to cast doubt on Lane’s future with the team.
A junior from Daytona Beach, Fla., Lane rushed 120 times for 658 yards and caught 29 passes for 228 yards in 2012. He was the leading candidate to win the top running back job this spring.
Those duties will now fall to senior Rajion Neal. Beyond him, the depth is perilously thin. Redshirt freshman Alden Hill, who played well in Saturday’s scrimmage, is currently the next option behind Neal.
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