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Ras-I Dowling sits out North Carolina loss with knee injury

Senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling sat out Virginia's 44-10 loss Saturday to North Carolina with a knee injury suffered earlier in the week. Dowling, a two-time second team all-ACC performer, has missed three of the Cavaliers' six games this season due to injury.

Coach Mike London said Dowling "dinged his knee up a little bit" during practice Tuesday. After being listed as "probable" on the injury report the team released Thursday night, Dowling participated fully in pregame warmups Saturday. However, Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid said the team knew Saturday morning that Dowling would not be healthy enough to play against the Tar Heels.

Dowling missed the first two games of the season due to a hamstring injury. With Dowling sidelined Saturday night, the Cavaliers gave up 339 passing yards to the Tar Heels. Sophomore cornerback Devin Wallace started in place of Dowling and recorded six tackles.

As for senior wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, who was listed as "questionable" with an ankle injury entering Saturday's contest, London said Inman "tried to go" against North Carolina, but "he was limited." Inman -- Virginia's No. 2 receiver -- played sparingly and did not record a catch. London said Inman is dealing with a heel bruise in addition to the ankle sprain.

Junior wide receiver Matt Snyder started in place of Inman and tallied four receptions for 44 yards.

By Steve Yanda  | October 16, 2010; 10:56 PM ET
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