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Virginia Tech is hurting with long list of injuries

Entering the final week of the regular season, Virginia Tech is hurting. The Hokies have a deep roster of injured players that includes some of their most important contributors.

Dorenzo Hudson is bothered by a stress-related foot injury. Malcolm Delaney has a bruised thigh and is still nagged by sore ankles. Jeff Allen has a sore back. And freshman Cadarian Raines, who is not a starter, could require surgery after the year for what may be a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

"We're really beat up. We’re really, really beat up," Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg said Monday night. "We've got guys playing with major injures."

Raines has been wearing a taped-up left shoulder in recent weeks, but the extent of his injury has started to limit his play, although he will play against North Carolina State on Wednesday evening.

Greenberg, who guessed that Raines "probably" would need surgery after the season, didn't play Raines in the Hokies' double-overtime loss to Maryland on Saturday in order to protect his shoulder against the Terrapins' screens in their flex offense.

"He couldn’t guarding the flex," Greenberg said. "His shoulder would have been hit too much. He would have been in too much pain."

But while Raines's injury might be the most severe, he is not alone. The Hokies' injury troubles have gotten so serious that it has impacted their practice regimen.

Greenberg said he had scaled back in live drills in practice because not enough players could participate. Virginia Tech practiced for an hour and 20 minutes on Monday, but Greenberg said that was "probably too much." He said he was debating whether the team should practice live on Tuesday.

"I think we’re not where we would be defensively" if the team was healthy enough to practice, Greenberg said. "We can't guard in practice right now. I just can’t afford it."

By Mark Viera  |  March 2, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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