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Raines' foot still hurting

Virginia Tech forward Cadarian Raines is still bothered by the left foot that he fractured during practice in September, and the Hokies are unsure how, or if, it will limit him the rest of the season.

Raines, a freshman, played in four games in December after returning from the injury, but sat out Virginia Tech’s win over Charleston Southern on Saturday because of soreness in the foot. On Tuesday, an X-ray showed no further damage to the foot, and he played a career-high 15 minutes in a 71-34 win over Maryland-Baltimore County.

“It’s on and off,” Raines said of his foot after the game. “Certain days, I’ll be real sore; some days it will be fine. Today was a good day. I was hyped to be in the game.”

Raines scored 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in his first significant minutes at the college level; he seemed to press at times and made only 2 of 9 shots from the field. Raines had not played more than 3 minutes in any game before Tuesday’s and had missed his only attempted field goal.

Hokies Coach Seth Greenberg said he was unsure about Raines’s availability for the remainder of the year because of the persisting pain in his foot. Raines can still receive a medical redshirt this season if he does not play more than nine total games and does not play after a Jan. 13 game against Miami.

“I think it’s a process of how much he can deal with” the pain, Greenberg said. “We don’t have to make that decision for a couple of games. The whole key is back to backs – going hard back-to-back practices and then in a game. Let’s see how he responds to that.”

Greenberg said he has limited Raines in practices in those back-to-back circumstances.

At 6 feet 9 and 238 pounds, Raines would be a valuable addition to the Hokies’ post presence. But he said he tires on the court after about 4 minutes because he is not yet in game shape, and his development has been slowed because of his lack of practice time.

“He started to make some plays instinctively,” Greenberg said of Raines’ performance Tuesday, “but when you practice one day and then don’t practice the next, you lose that instinct.”

By Mark Viera  |  December 23, 2009; 11:15 AM ET
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