Sunday Injury Update

Offensive lineman Ray Willis said Sunday he hopes to be ready for Saturday's home game agaist Duke after suffering a dislocated left shoulder against the Maryland Terrapins. Also, quarterback Chris Rix talked to the The Territory Sunday about his sore right elbow. "When I could move my fingers and realized my shoulder wasn't out of place, that was obviously a good feeling. It could have been a lot worse. I wll be okay," Rix said.

Florida State escaped Saturday's Maryland game relatively unscathed.

However, the most serious injury was sustained by starting tight tackle Ray Willis, who dislocated his left shoulder late in the first half and was lost for the remainder of the game. Willis suffered the same injury during spring drills.

Willis, whose arm was placed in a sling, said he hopes to be ready for Saturday's home game against Duke. However, it's more likely he will return against Louisville Sept. 26. Willis missed the Virginia game after suffering an ankle sprain in the season-opener against Iowa State. Willis said Sunday he will need surgery on his shoulder following the season.

"It was one of the last plays of the half, when we threw the touchdown pass to Talman (Gardner)," Willis said Sunday.

"I kind of fell on it and it dislocated. Hopefully, I will be back (after Duke). I initially discolated my shoulder in the spring. I felt it (Saturday). I knew it was (dislocated). They said most definitely I will have to have surgery at the end of the yar. Hopefully, I can maintain (playing level) during the course of the year, because we have a long season.

"Hopefully, this won't happen again. We are going to take some precautionary measures – strengthen it and protect it more, close off some of the range of motion that I do in the game. I would like to get back to practice by Tuesday, but we will have to wait and see."

After Willis went down, Brett Williams moved from split tackle to tight tackle, and Alex Barron filled in at split tackle. Redshirt freshman Eric Broe replaced Brett Williams late in the game.

"I thought the fellas did a great job helping the cause," Willis said. "When you have that much versatility on the line, it helps so when something happens somebody else can step in and take your place. For me, it's a kind of situation where I have to (endure) the pain. I will be fine."

Quarterback Chris Rix, meanwhile, said he also was fine. Rix suffered a shin contusion and a bruised right elbow.

"At first, yeah, it was numb," Rix said of his arm and shoulder. "Pretty much my whole arm. Thank God, the feeling came back 30 seconds later. Yeah, it did (scare me). When I could move my fingers and realized my shoulder wasn't out of place, that was obviously a good feeling. It could have been a lot worse. I wll be okay."

Here's is Randy Oravetz's Sunday report as told to The Territory.

"Ray Willis hurt his shoulder, similar to what he did during spring. He landed on it and we had to do some work on it. We will see about this week if he's possibly going to be ready or not. Hopefully, we will at least get him ready for Louisville. Chris Rix has got a nice little shin contusion. He also got hit and landed on his right elbow, also. That should be alright. B.J. Dean hurt his MCL ligament again. He's another one who could possibly miss this week. A lot of bumps and bruises. It was a hard, physical game. Nothing real significant. A lot of linemen took some pretty good licks. Eric Moore has a pretty good quad contusion."


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