Seagraves sidelined 8-10 weeks

Senior offensive tackle Skip Seagraves will likely not return to the field this season after further injuring his foot on Saturday at Virginia.

"Most of you may not know this, but Skip was injured in the pregame warmup before the first game," head coach John Bunting told the media on Tuesday. "We didn't know if he was going to be able to play. He played almost the entire game [versus Virginia] with a bad foot. Somewhere in the fourth quarter he was in so much pain he had to come out. He had an MRI yesterday, and we came up with this result."

That result was a broken bone in Seagraves' left foot. He is expected to be out 8-10 weeks, which means he likely won't return this season.

North Carolina has begun pursuing a sixth year of eligibility for Seagraves.

"We'll pursue every single avenue about Skip [getting a sixth year of eligibility]," Bunting said. "I'm looking into that now.

"This young man has really got a lot of ability and a tremendous work ethic. He has worked hard towards having a great career here at Carolina. Every year that he has played under me he has gotten better. I certainly think he has the ability to play at the next level. I'm hopeful that we can get that extra year for him so he can come back and play again next year."

From UNC Athletic Communications --

A native of Burlington, N.C., Seagraves fractured the cuboid bone in his left foot in the fourth quarter of Carolina's loss to Virginia on Saturday. An MRI on Monday afternoon revealed the fracture. His foot will be placed in a stabilizing boot and will not require surgery. UNC's medical staff estimate he will be out of action for 8-10 weeks.

Seagraves has played both tackle and guard during his Carolina career, starting 26 games overall. He started all 12 games at right tackle in 2003, but moved to right guard for the first two contests this season.

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