Chapman's Surgery Successful

CHAPEL HILL, NC -- Junior defensive end Will Chapman underwent successful surgery on Friday to repair a fractured and dislocated scaphoid bone in his wrist.

Chapman had a screw inserted to repair the fracture, but the dislocation means that there was also ligament damage.

According to Chapman, the doctors told him that the oxygen supply to this bone is less than others in the wrist, due partly to the fact that the blood first makes its way to the end of the appendage before coming back to this area. The reduced oxygen supply lengthens the healing process for this bone.

His wrist will be in a cast for 10 weeks, and he will miss the remainder of the 2002 football season.

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