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Hokie plays without part of finger

When I was going to pick up my daughter at pre-school last week, another girl from her school was outside doing jumps off a tree. I watched her as I walked, and didn't notice the onrushing hand rail. When I smashed my hand into the rail, I momentarily thought I was going to need an arm amputation. I showed all the other parents the bruise, which was approximately the size of a single Dippin' Dot. None were particularly impressed. But I still examined my hand about every block during the ride home.

Which brings us to Virginia Tech offensive lineman Greg Nosal, who lost a half-inch of his left pinky finger during Saturday's win. According to The Post's Mark Giannotto, trainers searched the field for the missing finger chunk before finding it inside Nosal's glove. More from Mark:

[Virginia Tech's head athletic trainer] said the finger had gotten lodged between two helmets during the game and somehow the impact tore off a "fat and fleshy" portion of the pinky finger. Nosal, a junior, actually played at least one more snap before noticing his bloodied glove and came to the sideline to consult with Goforth and Dr. Marc Siegel....

Goforth said Dr. Siegel soon determined the lost tissue could be re-attached and Nosal went to the locker room ahead of all his teammates just before halftime. Once inside, Dr. Siegel presented Nosal with two options: ice the chunk and keep playing or fix it right away.

Nosal wanted to keep playing so Goforth "took the finger, put it on ice and saved it for when it was ready." He then covered up the rest of Nosal's left hand with gauze and dressing and gave him some pain medicine. The 6-foot-6, 293-pound lineman didn't come out of the game until the fourth quarter when the score was 31-7 in Virginia Tech's favor.

You should probably read this entire item.

By Dan Steinberg  | October 11, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
Categories:  College Football  
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