M*A*S*H: Heels Lick Wounds

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –- North Carolina spent most of its Tuesday practice licking its wounds. The workout finished up early with questions surrounding the availability of key players for the Tar Heels' upcoming game with No. 2 Miami – which is still two weeks away.

The status of quarterback Darian Durant, who suffered a sprained right elbow at Utah, remains in doubt.

"I know his toughness and I know his pain threshold," UNC coach John Bunting said. "We have a four-game season we're looking at, and we would like to have him healthy for all four games."

At tailback, the top two options appear to be in the worst situation injury-wise. Jacque Lewis, who suffered what is being called a ‘mild transverse process fracture,' is not practicing. Neither is Ronnie McGill, who re-aggravated an ankle sprain that kept him out of three games before last weekend.

True freshman Vince Wilson will figure in the tailback rotation this week, along with Madison Hedgecock and Chad Scott.

Hedgecock did not practice on Tuesday and is not expected back to action until Thursday.

"I see some improvement in Jacque Lewis, but I still think he is out for a while," Bunting said. "We're pretty injured. There were a lot of red shirts out there today – not just on quarterbacks.

"I don't expect Ronnie back this week."

Bunting went on to say that tight end Scott Brummett is practicing in a green jersey now, and that he expects Kyndraus Guy will be ready.

"We're going to have a lot of those players back, but there is probably a few that we might not," Bunting said. "That will be determined as the week goes on."

In addition, guard Kyle Ralph is still hampered by a sprained left ankle, defensive end Melik Brown is recovering from a concussion and tight end Justin Phillips has a high left ankle sprain/left knee sprain.

"It's the most different bye week that I've ever been exposed to," Bunting said. "We're not going back to basics, because we can't. We're going to work on Miami and try and get well."


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