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Ras-I Dowling to miss remainder of season with left ankle injury

By Steve Yanda

Virginia senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling will miss the final two games of the season after suffering a left ankle fracture Saturday in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' 42-23 loss to Maryland. Dowling -- a two-time second team all-ACC selection -- was hampered by three separate injuries this season that limited him to making two starts in five games.

Coach Mike London said Dowling would undergo an MRI exam in the near future to determine the severity of the injury, as well as the necessary recovery time.

Dowling missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury. Prior to the Maryland game, Dowling had played three snaps combined in the previous four games due to a left knee injury. He started against the Terrapins, but played just five snaps before suffering the ankle fracture.

"It’s bizarre just to see," London said. "I think he’s a great player. I think he’s what you want in a young man, what you want him to represent in the university as a captain and a football player and a person ... I think he’ll probably be looked at more from the playing side by how he played last year, obviously than this year. And he’ll be ready for his pro day, and I think he’ll do outstanding things at his pro day to warrant the first round tag that a lot of people put on him initially."

Dowling recorded three interceptions, eight pass breakups and 58 tackles in 2009. He registered eight interceptions in his collegiate career.

In other injury news, London confirmed that offensive tackle Landon Bradley will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday. Bradley injured his left knee during Virginia's 55-48 loss Nov. 6 at Duke. London said Bradley also may undergo shoulder surgery that could prohibit him from taking part in spring practice. Virginia coaches are expecting to have Bradley back at full strength at some point next summer.

By Steve Yanda  | November 15, 2010; 4:27 PM ET
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