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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/ 7/2010

LB Lyndell Gibson out indefinitely with shoulder injury

By Mark Giannotto

Virginia Tech announced Tuesday that linebacker Lyndell Gibson suffered a scapular fracture during the second quarter of Saturday's ACC championship game victory over Florida State.

His return date is undetermined at this point, but Gibson hasn't been ruled out of the Orange Bowl. According to the team's release, the Virginia Beach native will undergo further testing this week and follow up with team doctor Marc Siegel to determine a plan of action.

The injury occurred on a big sideline hit Gibson delivered just before halftime. It was originally thought to be just a shoulder stinger, but turned out to be a fracture of Gibson's left shoulder blade.

Another starting linebacker, redshirt sophomore Bruce Taylor, also suffered a shoulder stinger when he made a diving tip of a pass by Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel in the first quarter, a play that resulted in Jeron Gouveia-Winslow's 24-yard interception return for a touchdown. But Taylor looked to be in a good mood and said he would be okay when he was at Cassell Coliseum Sunday night for the Virginia Tech-Virginia men's basketball game.

Gibson, a redshirt sophomore, was replaced in the lineup by redshirt freshman Tariq Edwards on Saturday. Gibson has 66 total tackles this year, including two sacks and six tackles for loss.

By Mark Giannotto  | December 7, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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