CFB Injuries

North Carolina football battling a host of injuries

Photographer: Brian Utesch/Icon Sportswire

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will head down to Atlanta this weekend to face off against ACC foe, Georgia Tech. Unlike the matchup last season, this year North Carolina has run into a problem head coach Larry Fedora says has never been so tolling on the program: a domino effect of injuries.

In week two, the Tar Heels took a major hit losing senior middle linebacker Andre Smith to an undisclosed injury. Beyond Smith’s strength and experience as a linebacker, he has left a hole as a vocal leader on the field that the defense cannot seem to fill with sophomore replacement, Jonathan Smith.

However, the injuries keep coming for the Tar Heels.

Just in last weekend’s battle against the Duke Blue Devils alone, the Tar Heels lost four more players to injury. This includes leading receiver and senior Austin Proehl, who left the game Saturday with a broken collarbone. With a broken collarbone, surgery is only seldom required, but without, means an eight to ten week recovery. The Carolina program, however, has ruled out Proehl for the remainder of the season. With fellow top receiver Thomas Jackson sidelined for the season as well, the Tar Heels pass game will without a doubt suffer as they continue deeper into conference play. With the plethora of injuries in mind, it will be key for North Carolina to play smart and keep running backs Michael Carter and Jordon Brown fresh and healthy in order for them to be efficient for the entirety of the season.

Proehl, Smith and Jackson are among ten other athletes that have been ruled out for the 2017 season. Fedora and his staff keep their athletes’ injuries hushed until diagnoses are confirmed, but the program has released an updated status list for week five:

Out for the Season:
Antwuan Branch, TB
Jesse Cuccia, S
Luke Elder, OL
D.J. Ford, S
Rontavius Groves, WR
Thomas Jackson, WR
Tyler Powell, DL
Austin Proehl, WR
Jacob Schmidt, TB
Andre Smith, LB
William Sweet, OT
Carl Tucker, TE
Noah Turner, TE

Out:
Corey Bell Jr., CB
Tommy Hatton, OL
Tyler Pritchett, OL
Stanton Truitt, TB

Doubtful:
Jalen Dalton, DT

Questionable:
Dazz Newsome, WR

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