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FSU senior safety Nate Andrews out for season

Florida State Seminoles defensive back Nate Andrews (29) stretches and fails to intercept a pass meant for North Carolina Tar Heels wide receiver Austin Proehl (7) in the second quarter during the game between the Florida State Seminoles and the North Carolina Tar Heels in Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. The North Carolina Tar Heels led 21-7 at the half.

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Florida State Seminoles defensive back Nate Andrews (29) stretches and fails to intercept a pass meant for North Carolina Tar Heels wide receiver Austin Proehl (7) in the second quarter during the game between the Florida State Seminoles and the North Carolina Tar Heels in Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. The North Carolina Tar Heels led 21-7 at the half.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State senior safety Nate Andrews will have season-ending surgery to repair a slight tear in his right pectoral muscle, Jimbo Fisher said after Tuesday's practice.

The 14th-ranked Seminoles will explore whether Andrews, who has appeared in four of FSU's first six games this season, can earn a medical redshirt for the season after missing time early in 2016.

"Nate's everything you want," Fisher said. "Whatever you say as a coach, whatever you do, he reinforces those values in his comments and everything he does. He's what's right about being a teammate and helping guys along.

"He's a phenomenal human being."

FSU, which is already without star safety Derwin James as he recuperates from knee surgery last month, will turn to sophomore A.J. Westbrook, junior Ermon Lane, sophomore Calvin Brewton and freshman Carlos Becker in the back end of its secondary.

"I hate it for him, and hate it for us," Fisher said. "But we've got to move on, and we've got to get him healthy, and see where we can go."

KAAYA PRACTICES: Brad Kaaya's shoulder injury remains a concern for No. 16 Miami, though the Hurricanes still expect their standout quarterback to play Saturday against North Carolina. Coach Mark Richt said Kaaya was shut down from throwing earlier this week, though that restriction was no longer in place when the team practiced Tuesday. "He zipped the ball well," Richt said. "I really don't think there was an issue."

TWITTER BAN LIFTED: In another step toward redefining the amateur status of college athletes, Northwestern agreed to drop social media restrictions placed on football players after the National Labor Relations Board decided those rules were unlawful. The ruling affects all 17 private schools that compete in the highest level of Division I football.

MINNESOTA: Quarterback Mitch Leidner was ruled out for Saturday's game against Maryland because of a concussion. Junior Conor Rhoda will start.

STANFORD: Running back Christian McCaffrey's status for Saturday's game against Notre Dame may not be clear until that morning, coach David Shaw said. Last year's Heisman Trophy runner-up did not play most of the second half of Saturday's 42-16 loss to Washington State.

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