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Virgil Expected to Play vs. Miami

Virginia Tech cornerback Stephan Virgil, who missed the past two games with a knee injury, is expected to play Saturday against Miami.

Defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Torrian Gray, the defensive backs coach, each said they expected Virgil to return when No. 11 Virginia Tech (2-1) plays host to the No. 9 Hurricanes (2-0, 2-0 ACC).

Virgil will likely play field cornerback, where he has practiced for the past two weeks. Rashad Carmichael has continued to work at Virgil’s boundary cornerback position during that time.

Eddie Whitley started at field cornerback against Nebraska. On Tuesday, Whitley wore a blue, non-contact jersey at practice because of a strained left pectoral muscle. Whitley would presumably play field cornerback again if Virgil were unavailable. Whitley has not practiced at the position this week.

Virgil, who injured his left knee in a 34-24 loss to Alabama on Sept. 5, missed games against Marshall on Sept. 12 and Nebraska on Saturday. During the week before the meeting with the Cornhuskers, Virgil received an injection in the knee and returned to practice but did not dress for the game.

Virgil is Virginia Tech’s best and most experienced cornerback. If he is healthy, he should bolster the Hokies’ defensive backfield against the Hurricanes’ dangerous passing attack. His presence would also likely shore up some of the tackling problems that have persisted for Virginia Tech.

Virgil has not made himself available to the media this week.

Defensive Line on the Mend

Defensive tackle John Graves wore a green, non-activity jersey at practice Tuesday after spraining his right ankle against Nebraska. He was held out as a precaution. After practice, Graves was seen wearing a walking boot.

Charley Wiles, the defensive line coach, said he expected Graves to be available for the Miami game.

Also at practice Tuesday, defensive end Jason Worilds wore a blue, non-contact jersey because of back spasms that started over the weekend. He said he would be fine.

By Mark Viera  |  September 22, 2009; 8:04 PM ET
 
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