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Ras-I Dowling starts, leaves game with left foot injury in first quarter

By Steve Yanda

Senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling left Saturday's contest against Maryland less than six minutes into the first quarter after making his first start since Oct. 9 at Georgia Tech. Dowling retreated to the locker room with two members of the Virginia medical staff and returned to the sideline on crutches with a protective boot on his left foot early in the second quarter.

After logging three plays in Virginia's past four games due to a left knee injury, Dowling's return to the field Saturday was short-lived. He played five snaps before tripping over junior strong safety Rodney McLeod at the end of a four-yard Maryland completion to Torrey Smith.

Dowling -- a two-time second team all-ACC selection -- was helped to the sideline, where he received further medical attention. Team trainers removed his left cleat to examine his foot. After a few minutes, he headed into the Virginia locker room under his own power.

This is the third different injury Dowling has suffered this season. He sat out the first two games with a strained hamstring. After participating in the next three games, he suffered a left knee injury that caused him to miss all but three plays of the following four contests. The severity and exact nature of his apparent left foot injury remain unclear at this point.

By Steve Yanda  | November 13, 2010; 4:32 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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