Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Virginia Tech injury update
By ESPN.com staff
Virginia Tech wide receiver Xavier Boyce and linebacker Lorenzo Williams underwent MRIs on Tuesday night at Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg to evaluate the injuries they sustained in Saturday's scrimmage.
Williams tested positive for a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot and is tentatively set to have surgery next Thursday. He is expected to miss the season.
Boyce's MRI revealed a grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee and no surgery is required. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.
While this obviously isn't good news, they are both injuries the Hokies can overcome. Virginia Tech is five deep at wide receiver -- six if you count redshirt sophomore Austin Fuller. Boyce probably would've been No. 4 or 5 on the depth chart.
Williams was a backup at the whip linebacker position, where there's not a lot of depth. Having Alonzo Tweedy back from his groin injury will be helpful, as he's the No. 2 there now. There's a little more depth with the return of Zach Luckett, but he's still not 100 percent from his knee injury.
So ... heading into the Boise State game, the only two starters still hampered by injuries are linebacker Barquell Rivers, who is doubtful for the opener, and offensive lineman Nick Becton, who is still nursing his turf toe and hasn't practiced much lately.