Darian Durant update

University of North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant practiced on Tuesday for the first time since fracturing his thumb in Carolina's loss at Virginia on Oct. 19.

"My grandmother always told me that I was a pretty quick healer," said Durant following practice. "I just felt confident in Dr. (Tim) Taft and his staff and how they put the thumb back together.

Durant, who has completed 126 of 213 passes this season for 1,860 yards and 15 touchdown passes, was leading the ACC in total yards per game and passing yards per game before being injured. He was expected to miss the rest of the season, but could possibly be ready for Carolina's game vs. Duke on Saturday.

"It feels pretty good," said Durant. "Of course it's going to be sore because I haven't moved it in about three weeks, but overall it feels pretty good. My velocity was good. I was a little off with the accuracy part, but that's just going to come with time.

"We're just being cautious right now. This if my first day out there and they just wanted to make sure that we weren't putting to much pressure on it the first day. We may up the reps tomorrow and continue to do that throughout the week."

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