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Ras-I Dowling's knee injury frustrating on many levels

Senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling has missed nearly all of the past two games due to a right knee injury. Dowling sat out the first two games of the season and played sparingly in reserve in the third and fourth contests with a hamstring injury.

Sophomore cornerback Devin Wallace has started six of seven games in Dowling's place and -- aside from a few painfully noticeable missed tackles -- has done an admirable job. Still, the Virginia secondary is not as intimidating without a healthy Dowling present to cover opposing wide receivers.

While Coach Mike London undoubtedly wishes Dowling could be on the field to boost the Cavaliers defense, he said Sunday he also wishes Dowling a speedy recovery for the player's own sake.

"I'm frustrated for him because I know he wants to play and not have to be guarded about things that are talked about with him in terms of, you know, his ability to play," London said. "That's why we have doctors, and that's why they have treatment, and that's why sometimes it goes up to gametime to see what's going on and how he feels. And I'll continue to do that to safeguard him.

"He's a tough kid, and he's very resilient. Obviously, everyone's frustrated for him because he's going into the season one of the best (cornerbacks) in the country, and when he gets healthy -- whether it's now or next week or two weeks from now or after the season -- he'll still be one of the best corners in the country."

By Steve Yanda  | October 24, 2010; 9:32 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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