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Graves’s ankle better after bye

Defensive tackle John Graves, who re-injured his right ankle in Virginia Techs’ 28-23 loss at Georgia Tech on Oct. 17, said he should be ready to play Thursday against North Carolina.

Graves, a fourth-year junior, left the game at the beginning of the second quarter and did not return after his ankle was rolled up on on a chop block by a Yellow Jackets’ player. The bye week following the Georgia Tech game probably helped Graves recover.

“We’ve got a good sports medicine group and they’ve been doing a good job getting me back ready for this week,” Graves said Sunday, adding that trainer Mike Goforth “told me just to stay off it and just take some time and let it heal.”

Graves suffered a high sprain in his right ankle against Nebraska on Sept. 19. Graves did not play against Miami on Sept. 26 and got in for a snap on a field goal block against Duke on Oct. 3.

Demetrius Taylor, a fifth-year senior, has started at tackle in each of those games and did well. Taylor played in place of Graves for much of the Georgia Tech game, finishing with 10 tackles.

The No. 14 Hokies (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) host the Tar Heels (4-3, 0-3) under the lights at Lane Stadium.

By Mark Viera  |  October 26, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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