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Sewell still affected by injury

In two of the past three games, Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell had to be taken off the field because of an injury. Sewell is practicing hurt each week, and Coach Al Groh said the Cavaliers have been lucky to have him play on Saturdays.

At his best, Sewell is a dual-threat quarterback. The offense relied on Sewell running the ball earlier in the season because of his ability to make plays with his legs. That has been limited during the past few weeks, and it’s come as much from the coaching staff as Sewell.

"You saw the circumstance with him at Maryland when he couldn't finish the game, because he re-injured an ankle injury that had been plaguing him for a number of weeks leading up to that," Groh said. "So clearly that has impacted the wisdom of using him too much, or his quickness and willingness to do so."

The ankle injury has also affected Sewell’s passing. Sewell has never been accused of being too accurate a passer, but it’s been particularly problematic this season. His receivers haven't helped with dropped passes, but Sewell exceeded 60 percent only once this season. Against Duke, Sewell completed only 36.4 percent of his passes.

"I don't know what it has done as far as Saturday is concerned, but it certainly has had him practicing in a different way during the course of the week than if it wasn't bothering him,” Groh said. “He's had to limp through of some of these practices. He hasn't been able to step into some of the throws as he would if he wasn't nursing this thing along."

By Zach Berman  |  November 4, 2009; 3:11 PM ET
 
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