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Virginia Tech WR Dyrell Roberts undergoes emergency surgery

By Mark Giannotto

The Virginia Tech football team got some sobering news the morning after its 28-21 victory over Georgia Tech Thursday night. According to athletic department officials, the Hokies will be without junior wide receiver Dyrell Roberts for at least the remainder of the regular season.

After suffering a bruised thigh on his first kickoff return of the night, Roberts developed a compartment syndrome in the injured area overnight that required emergency surgery Friday morning at Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg. He is scheduled to undergo a second surgery on Sunday and will remain in the hospital for several days.

According to Google Health, a compartment syndrome "is the compression of nerves and blood vessels within an enclosed space" and "it leads to muscle and nerve damage and problems with blood flow." The purpose of the two surgeries is to relieve the pressure, and a full recovery is typical when the injury is diagnosed quickly.

Roberts returned briefly Thursday night, but did not play in the second half. Head athletic trainer Mike Goforth said Roberts may also miss Virginia Tech's bowl game, but hasn't ruled out a return for that contest.

Roberts, a converted running back from Smithfield, Va., has 21 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns this season. He's also averaged 19.4 yards on 16 kick returns this year.

By Mark Giannotto  | November 5, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
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