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Tyrod Taylor says his wrist is just fine

Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor admittedly had some bumps and bruises following Saturday's win over Wake Forest. He was forced to miss a play after getting creamed on a high-low hit in the second quarter. He also complained of some pain in his right wrist following a series in the third quarter.

Coach Frank Beamer then confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Taylor had worn a splint on that right wrist during Monday's practice. But as he walked off the field to greet reporters Tuesday evening, Taylor wiped away much of the doubt surrounding whatever ails him.

"Everything felt good," said Taylor. "It felt great yesterday, too."

Both of his wrists were heavily taped, but Taylor said he ditched the splint after Monday's practice. He said it was mainly just to provide stability and avoid unnecessary movement while he practiced. Beamer was also comfortable with how Taylor has looked this week.

"All I know is he came out there yesterday and threw the ball well," Beamer said before Tuesday's practice. "He's a tough guy. He's competitive and he's tough."

It looks as if any fears about Taylor's health were premature, but we'll have to see whether these nagging injuries crop up again considering how much the Hampton native pulls the ball down and uses his legs.

Speaking of Taylor's running ability, Beamer was asked again if he worried that Taylor was taking too many hits this season. Here was his response:

"Tyrod is pretty smart. I think you don't want your quarterback taking any unnecessary hits, and I think he's pretty good about that. When the play's over, it's over and get down. I think he's a smart runner with the way he handles things."

Beamer said he always prefers a quarterback who can throw the ball, but also has the ability to make plays with his legs. That would seem obvious given the fact that Michael Vick revolutionized the quarterback position while at Virginia Tech, but Beamer said he's been a running quarterback advocate dating back to his days coaching at Murray State.

"I think No. 1 you've got to be able to throw the football, but No. 2, the more athletic you are after that, the more options you have as an offense. I've kind of always been that way. When we were at Murray State, we had Michael Proctor who was a 6-3 guy who could throw it and run it and a Kevin Sisk who could throw it and run it. It's always kind of been my preference to have a guy that No. 1 can throw it, but No. 2, the better they can run it the better off you are."

By Mark Giannotto  | October 20, 2010; 7:05 AM ET
 
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