Injury status for Ras-I Dowling, Dontrelle Inman unclear entering week
Virginia Coach Mike London said Sunday that he hopes the knee injury that kept senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling out of Saturday's 44-10 loss to North Carolina is not "a lingering thing," but the coach was unsure of Dowling's availability for this week's practices.
Dowling -- a two-time second team all-ACC performer -- missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury and now has sat out three of Virginia's six games this season.
"Hopefully it's one of those things that with treatment in the last couple of days here, and today and tomorrow being off, that by Tuesday he may be able to manage whatever it is and move forward," London said.
London said Dowling went through warmups Saturday and then made the coaching staff aware that he didn't feel healthy enough to compete against the Tar Heels. Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid said after the game that he knew Dowling would not be available for the North Carolina game Saturday morning.
Dowling "told us honestly that, you know, he didn't want to hurt the team by some sort of coverage or something that would require him to take a guy one-on-one, and he spoke up, and I appreciate that from him," London said. "We just had to move on from there. (sophomore cornerback) Devin Wallace is always practicing and preparing like he's going to be the guy, and that's what had to happen."
The Cavaliers gave up 339 passing yards, including three receptions of more than 45 yards, against the Tar Heels.
As for senior wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, London was unable to provide any further update on the player's ankle and heel injuries. London said Inman had been dealing with a bruised heel throughout last week and "tweaked" the ankle on his other foot during practice Thursday.
Inman -- Virginia's No. 2 receiver -- played sparingly Saturday against North Carolina and did not record a reception. London called Inman a "tough, tough guy."
"He came out Saturday and with the adrenaline and everything going, that takes you only so far," London said. "And I guess after having to plant and press and block and things like that, it just wasn't feeling right with him also. We just couldn't get any production from him because of his wheels."
| October 17, 2010; 8:07 PM ET
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