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UNC DE Dajaun Drennon Returns

UNC's preseason starting defensive line is getting closer to playing together for the first time in 2016.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Junior defensive end Dajaun Drennon returned to practice in limited action on Tuesday after being sidelined since April with a foot injury.

Drennon, who has started 25 games during his UNC career, broke his right foot during spring practice and needed surgery. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound native of Clementon, N.J. tallied 35 tackles, five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 12 starts last season.

“He’s a baller,” junior defensive tackle Naz Jones said following Tuesday’s practice. “He’s ready to get back into action. I think he’s ready to come back and maybe not take over a starting role this week, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be working towards that in the weeks to come. Just having him back is good. I’ve got somebody to laugh with on the sideline now.”

Jones also returned to practice after missing Saturday’s win over James Madison due to a concussion suffered last week in practice. After following concussion protocol, UNC’s top defensive lineman will return to game action against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

“I’ll definitely be out there,” Jones said.

Reserve defensive end Tomon Fox remains out indefinitely with a leg injury.

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