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RB Ryan Williams listed as probable for Duke game

Sophomore Ryan Williams was listed as probable on the latest Virginia Tech injury report, setting the stage for his return to the lineup Saturday against Duke after missing four-consecutive games due to a right hamstring injury.

Running backs coach Billy Hite said Tuesday that Williams would get in for "a couple of series," but indicated that junior Darren Evans will get the start. Sophomore David Wilson is also expected to get some carries.

Williams hasn't played since a Sept. 18 win over East Carolina. The Manassas native gained 1,655 yards in 2009, an ACC freshman rushing record. He has just 139 yards and three touchdowns this year. Evans and Wilson have filled in ably for Williams so far, combining for 817 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

The one surprise on the injury report was free safety Eddie Whitley listed as doubtful with a foot injury. He originally suffered the injury against North Carolina State but had yet to miss any time as a result. With a bye next week, chances are Virginia Tech wants to make sure Whitley is as close to 100 percent as possible heading into the Georgia Tech game on Nov. 4. If Whitley doesn't play, expect redshirt freshman Antone Exum to get the start.

By Mark Giannotto  | October 21, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
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