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Joe Torchia to miss rest of season with shoulder injury

UPDATED at 8:00 p.m.

Senior tight end Joe Torchia will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury suffered during Virginia's 34-14 loss Oct. 2 to Florida State, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Torchia is expected to have season-ending surgery to repair the injury Wednesday.

After Virginia's 33-21 loss Saturday at Georgia Tech, Coach Mike London declined to provide specific information regarding the injury, nor did he confirm Torchia is done for the season.

"I don’t know about Joe’s shoulder injury right now and what that’s going to mean for the team, but we’ll find out here pretty soon about the severity of it," London said.

Torchia ranks third on the team in receptions (nine) and receiving yards (113). With Torchia out, an opportunity arises for sophomore tight end Colter Phillips to take on a larger role in the Cavaliers offense. Phillips has recorded four catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns this season.

A Virginia team spokesman said he could not confirm or deny that Torchia's shoulder injury is season-ending. Torchia was listed on the team's injury report this week as out for today's Georgia Tech game.

By Steve Yanda  | October 9, 2010; 2:59 PM ET
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