Hokie hotline: injury report

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There are some coaches (Ralph Friedgen) who think giving out injury information is a competitive advantage. In some cases, maybe it is.

Frank Beamer apparently isn't too hung up on that notion.

Remember the new injury release policy the coaches agreed to this season?

Well, Virginia Tech is taking it one step further.

I'm calling the Hokie hotline this season.

Head athletic trainer Mike Goforth couldn't be more accommodating. They've got a number to call (no, I'm not giving it to you) and Goforth will have an injury report -- if there needs to be one -- and a quote about it.

Goforth and his staff will also still be available to talk to during the open portions of practice and immediately following practice to discuss other issues, including rehabilitation methods or other general inquiries, and answer questions as long as they do not pertain to playing status.

Ask almost any reporter and they'll tell you that's just plain nice.

Goforth had the first hotline up at 4 p.m. Thursday in anticipation of Monday's first practice.

Of course I called it:

  • Aaron Brown currently has a shoulder injury and will not be able to participate in the first part of summer camp. He will be evaluated by Dr. Marc Siegel and we will release further information at a later date.

  • Sam Wheeler will be returning from a knee injury from last football season. He will start out in blue [jersey indicating limited contact] until he gets a re-evaluation by Dr. Marc Siegel. This should happen in the first day or two of practice and we anticipate him being cleared for the season.

  • Jahre Cheeseman is cleared following last year's fibula fracture that occurred during the spring.

  • Kenny Lewis is cleared following last year's offseason shoulder surgery.

  • Brandon Dillard is out for the year with an Achilles rupture and a repair by Dr. Siegel.

  • Kwamaine Battle is cleared following offseason shoulder surgery.

  • Clark Crum will be out the first couple days of practice and more will be released on that at a later date.

Now, see, when a program goes so far out of its way to help me get the news to you, there is absolutely no problem following this rule:

As always, injuries at practice can not be reported on in live chats, blogs or reported in any form until the end of practice when Goforth releases the information, either in person to the media, or on the hotline.