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Frank Beamer on injured RB Ryan Williams, and a banged up Tyrod Taylor

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer just held his weekly teleconference with local media and he reiterated that although running back Ryan Williams was listed as questionable on this past week's injury report, Williams's return to the lineup will be entirely up to him.

"The thing we told him is we want him 100 percent and I think anything less than that, he needs to wait," Beamer said Monday. "With the kind of back he is and being a running back, I think when your hamstring is a little tender, it hurts his abilities -- his quickness, his stop-and-go, acceleration and so forth."

I asked Beamer if Williams would be the starter at running back when he returns to the field, and the coach declined to get into specifics. He said a decision would be made once Williams is back at full health.

There's two schools of thought as it pertains to Williams's health. He could return this weekend against Duke and shake some of the rust off before the Hokies enter the teeth of their schedule in November. Or he could miss his fifth-straight contest Saturday and give himself the extra bye week to get 100 percent before a Nov. 4 Thursday night showdown against Georgia Tech. From what Beamer is saying, it sounds as if the decision is up to Williams.

Beamer was also asked about the health of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who had to leave Saturday's win over Wake Forest for a play after taking a brutal high-low hit in the second quarter.

During the postgame media scrum, Taylor also revealed that he hurt his right wrist rolling over the ball at the end of a run in the third quarter, and indicated it was the third-consecutive week he's tweaked that same injury. Taylor insisted it was nothing serious, and Beamer said Monday, "He's sore, but he's healthy."

"I think any time your quarterback's getting hit, you're concerned," added Beamer. "He took a couple the other day when you look at the video, you're concerned. We talked to him, 'Don't take any that you don't need to take,' but sometimes it's just you're competitive and so forth and he's gonna get every yard he can."

By Mark Giannotto  | October 18, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
 
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