Moore Sidelined With Fractured Arm

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt junior center Brian Moore will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a fractured right arm during Friday's practice, head coach David Cutcliffe announced on Saturday.

A 6-2, 285-pound native of Coral Gables, Fla., Moore started the past two seasons at right guard for the Blue Devils before transitioning to center this spring. A two-time selection to the Academic All-ACC team, he was named to the pre-season Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, an honor presented annually to the top center in college football.

"We're certainly disappointed for Brian because of how hard he's worked and his dedication to the program," Cutcliffe said. "But, as we all know, injuries are part of the game of football and this creates opportunities for other young players."

Redshirt junior Conor Irwin entered the pre-season as the second string center behind Moore. Cutcliffe indicated that redshirt sophomore Dave Harding, Duke's returning starting left guard, and true freshman Matt Skura also will receive practice and scrimmage repetitions.

Cutcliffe also announced that redshirt sophomore cornerback Lex Butler and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Nick Sink are out of action indefinitely with respective leg injuries.

Duke opens the 2011 season at home versus Richmond on September 3 at 7 p.m. Season tickets are available and may be purchased online at or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-375-DUKE (3853).

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