Source: Miami Hurricanes DE Trent Harris (broken hand) uncertain for Florida A&M

Trent Harris. (Getty Images)

Trent Harris. (Getty Images)

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After losing three major pieces of its front seven because of an off-the-field situation, Miami enters this year relying heavily on its few defensive veterans.

It just became less sure of Trent Harris. 

A team source told The Post that Harris, a junior defensive end, broke one of his hands at practice Tuesday. Harris was to see a specialist Tuesday afternoon to determine the severity of the injury and whether he can play in Saturday’s season-opener against Florida A&M (6 p.m.,

After the dismissal of former starter Al-Quadin Muhammad, Harris was tabbed as the first-teamer at UM’s “Viper” position opposite Chad Thomas. If Miami opts not to start Harris’ backup, freshman Joe Jackson, it’s possible redshirt sophomore Demetrius Jackson would earn his first career start. The latter is listed as Thomas’ backup.

A team source indicated it was far more likely Demetrius Jackson would switch positions if Harris cannot play.

Playing outside linebacker last season, Harris started 10 of 13 games and finished sixth on the team with 49 tackles (5.0 for losses) and second in sacks (3.5).

Harris’ injury is the latest stroke of bad news for a defense that is starting freshmen at linebacker because of Jermaine Grace‘s dismissal.

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The Post reported earlier Tuesday that defensive tackle Anthony Moten (dislocated right shoulder) was held out of practice. Redshirt freshman Ryan Fines took his place as a second-string tackle behind R.J. McIntosh. It’s possible Moten could play Saturday. Miami is already without reserve tackle Gerald Willis, who is suspended for the first week.

Miami’s secondary, which was deemed a concern by its coaches in the spring, has improved and now looks like the most stable position group on defense. The Hurricanes start seniors at cornerback (Corn ElderAdrian Colbert) and safety (Rayshawn Jenkins, Jamal Carter) and are encouraged by the progress of two sophomores, corner Sheldrick Redwine and safety Jaquan Johnson.

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