O'Brien: Christophe out 3-4 weeks

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Tom O'Brien announced on Thursday afternoon that left guard Duran Christophe would miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

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"If [Christophe is out] three weeks he'll be back for the opener if its four weeks he'll be back for the second week. It's a matter of rehab and seeing how it goes."

"This is the dog days right now – we are tired and beat up a little bit which we are supposed to be but you have to continue to push and continue to get better. We'll work a little harder tomorrow and give the guys more plays during scrimmage time tomorrow, see how they react."

"It's still Underwood and Washington as the top two right now. Creecy and Barnes are fighting for the third spot right now. But that's after one scrimmage – we have another one tomorrow and that could change. Those four guys are in the mix and that's how they are running right now."

"The good news is [Christophe] is gonna be there. Right now we just go on and plan that he's going to be there for the first game but like any time if its Sunday and he's not there we'll make adjustments and get ready to play. Better now than in September or October."

"We are still playing with a lot of different guys right now. We'll figure out and put a depth chart together by the time we get there. They'll be a couple of different guys who get a shot if he's not able to play."

"Creecy – he played wide receiver in high school – I think he has the best hands of all of [the backs]. That doesn't mean they don't have hands, I think all of them can catch the ball but he seems to be much more comfortable catching the ball."

"I think he's matured a lot – it goes back to what we just talked about he played some wide receiver in high school so it's getting used to the position. Especially with pass protection you have to step in and pass protect. A lot of times where Mustafa was ahead is that Mustafa has a great feel, great cutting ability. That was a determining factor last year plus Washington was hurt and all kind of other things going on so that was the decision last year."

"They have experience now; it's not a young group. We aren't starting a kid who's never been in a football game like we did last year the first game. We had two tailbacks and neither one of them ever played in a college game last year. Now you've got a fifth-year senior, Washington who started four or five games last year and has played a lot and the new guy on the block is Creecy."

"Four games is only a third of the season – still a lot of the season to be played after four games. So that's going to depend on [Mustafa's] development, how he comes back from this. We aren't going to play him until he's 100 percent. It's one of those injuries that really the trainer and the doctor will have more say to when he comes back and when he comes back if there is a decision to be made I'll make it. No sense in thinking about it now."

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