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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Hokies LB Lyndell Gibson to miss Orange Bowl

By Mark Giannotto

The Virginia Tech football team announced this morning that linebacker Lyndell Gibson will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery next week after suffering a left scapular fracture during the second quarter of last Saturday's ACC championship game against Florida State.

The procedure will be performed by team doctor Marc Siegel, and head trainer Mike Goforth said Gibson should make a full recovery over the next six to eight months. Obviously, that rules him out of next month's Orange Bowl.

Taking Gibson's place will likely be redshirt freshman Tariq Edwards, who played much of the second half against Florida State. Edwards had seen his playing time increase over the latter part of the year as coaches grew increasingly frustrated with Gibson's inconsistency.

Edwards had his best game of the season against Miami, when he forced a fumble playing on special teams and also had a late interception. He also has 21 tackles this season. The one critique of Edwards is his play in practice, where coaches said he needed to improve on a day-to-day basis

"He’s a guy who’s athletic, who plays fast and he’s at a position where we need some more productivity," defensive coordinator Bud Foster said of Edwards during the week leading into the Virginia game. "I'd like to see him be consistently good because he has talent, but I'm planning on playing him a little bit more."

By Mark Giannotto  | December 8, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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