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LB Bruce Taylor could be limited vs. Georgia Tech

During his high school days in Myrtle Beach, S.C., middle linebacker Bruce Taylor played through an arm fracture, two shoulder surgeries and appendicitis at various times. But as he walked off the practice field Sunday with a brace on his left ankle, the redshirt sophomore didn't sound all that confident about how his high ankle sprain will react Thursday night against Georgia Tech.

"I’ll be able to go, but sophomore Jack Tyler’s doing a nice job in case something happens to me," said Taylor. "It’s just real weak trying to get the tendons re-tightened and strengthened. It’s been rolling a lot lately."

During his Monday teleconference last week, Coach Frank Beamer described Taylor's injury, which occurred early in the second half against Duke, as simply a bruised knee. It turns out it was much worse. Taylor said Sunday he's been undergoing rehab on his left ankle throughout the bye week.

Taylor said the injury affects him most when trying to move sideline-to-sideline but that running "straight downhill" or attacking the line of scrimmage is "not a problem." Taylor leads the Hokies in tackles and tackles for loss this season.

Defensive coordinator Bud Foster sounded confident that Taylor would be able to contribute Thursday. When it comes to safety Eddie Whitley, though, Foster had a different tone.

He described Whitley as "one play away from being on the shelf," after the junior missed last week's game against Duke with a foot injury. But Whitley is confident he'll be able to play as well. He said the bye week "did wonders" for the plantar faciitis he was diagnosed with a few weeks ago.

Last week, Whitley saw a foot specialist and had a special type of insole with extra padding that he will use inside of his shoe Thursday night. These two injuries, though, are definitely a concern as both Taylor and Whitley are vital in stopping Georgia Tech's dynamic option attack.

By Mark Giannotto  | November 1, 2010; 8:48 AM ET
 
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