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Hokies Mostly Healthy vs. Duke

For a second straight week, Virginia Tech will be healthy as it prepares to play an ACC game. The No. 6 Hokies (3-1, 1-0) play at Duke (2-2) on Saturday.

Right tackle Blake DeChristopher (ankle), rover Davon Morgan (shoulder), wide receiver Dyrell Roberts (hamstring) and defensive tackle Demetrius Taylor (calf) were all listed as probable.

Both DeChristopher and Morgan suffered their injuries in last Saturday’s 31-7 win over Miami. The injuries to Roberts and Taylor were undisclosed until Thursday’s injury report, which Virginia Tech issues weekly in compliance with ACC guidelines.

DeChristopher sprained his left ankle in the first half against the Hurricanes. He missed a few snaps but returned to play the rest of the game. He was named co-offensive linemen of the week by the ACC after grading out at a team-high 85 percent against Miami.

Morgan suffered a shoulder injury in the first half against the Hurricanes and did not return. It did not take long for his injury to be assessed; Morgan’s unavailability for the remainder of the game was announced over the loudspeaker in the press box.

Cornerback Stephan Virgil, who played against Miami after missing two games with a left knee injury, was not listed on the injury report. He injured the knee against Alabama on Sept. 5

At the end of Tuesday’s practice, Virgil rode a stationary bicycle while other players were running sprints. Tuesday is the only time during the week reporters can watch a portion of practice.

Torrian Gray, the Hokies’ defensive backs coach, said Virgil might be limited in practice in order to keep him healthy. Gray said this week that Virgil was still battling the knee injury and that he might not be healthy the rest of the season.

Virgil has declined all interview requests for the past two weeks.

By Mark Viera  |  October 1, 2009; 5:09 PM ET
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