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RB David Wilson, DE Chris Drager will miss UNC game

By Mark Giannotto

Just hours after Virginia Tech head trainer Mike Goforth said running back David Wilson's status was day-to-day with virus-like symptoms, the team announced the sophomore has been ruled out of Saturday's game against North Carolina after learning he has mononucleosis.

In addition, starting defensive end Chris Drager will not play against the Tar Heels as he's suffering from lingering effects from a hit he took late in the Hokies' win over Georgia Tech last Thursday.

According to the release, Goforth expects Drager back when Virginia Tech takes on Miami in two weeks. Wilson is probable for the game against the Hurricanes.

During his Tuesday press conference, Coach Frank Beamer said sophomore Ryan Williams will likely take Wilson's spot as a kick returner. The Hokies were already set to use running back Tony Gregory on kickoffs since wide receiver/kick returner Dyrell Roberts underwent emergency surgery this past weekend after developing compartment syndrome in his thigh.

On Monday, Beamer said safety Davon Morgan was a possibility as a fill-in kick returner, but the coach revealed Tuesday that Morgan is also "banged up" and the team didn't want to risk further injury by adding to his responsibilities. Williams, though, said he's still not 100 percent healthy from the hamstring injury that kept him out for four games earlier this season.

Redshirt freshmen J.R. Collins and James Gayle will combine to replace Drager along the defensive line.

By Mark Giannotto  | November 9, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
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ouch.. not good

Posted by: 3tripleiii | November 9, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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