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Tight end Zack Pianalto and center Lowell Dyer, starters for North Carolina, will miss three to four weeks recovering from injuries suffered last week, team trainers said yesterday. Neither will need surgery, but both will go through physical rehabilitation and are expected to miss UNC's first two ACC games, against Georgia Tech (Sept. 26) and Virginia (Oct. 3). Pianalto dislocated a joint in his right foot after catching a touchdown pass in Saturday's 12-10 win at Connecticut. Senior Ed Barham most likely will start in his place. Dyer strained a muscle in his right shoulder and did not play against Connecticut. Sophomore Cam Holland started that game and will most likely start Saturday against East Carolina.
Injuries will sideline two UNC starters
The Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina's offense will be without two starters for three to four weeks, coach Butch Davis said Wednesday. Center Lowell Dyer (shoulder) and tight end Zack Pianalto (foot) will not play against East Carolina, and both could miss up to a month of the season. Davis said the significant injuries won't change UNC's game plan on offense.
UNC injuries linger
The News and Observer

Wide receivers coach Charlie Williams said that slowly but surely the receivers are developing into a dependable unit. The playbook remains wide open, Williams said, but coaches are aware of the group's limitations. Two of the receivers -- Joshua Adams, who started the first two games, and Erik Highsmith -- were playing high school football this time last season.
Heels receivers catch on
The News and Observer

Former Riverside standout Lowell Dyer is one of two offensive starters North Carolina will be without for at least the next three to four weeks as they recover from injuries, the school announced Wednesday. Dyer, a fifth-year senior center, strained a muscle in his right shoulder during practice last week, and Zack Pianalto dislocated the subtalar joint in his right foot while celebrating a touchdown in Saturday's win over Connecticut. Both players' status will be evaluated again after the three- to four-week period.
Heels still walking thin line
The Durham Herald-Sun

North Carolina and LSU will meet in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to open the 2010 season. The game will be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sept. 4 and televised on ESPN.
UNC, LSU to meet in 2010 opener
The Durham Herald-Sun

With Carolina's already-thin offensive line depleted even further by injuries the last two weeks, the Tar Heels (2-0) haven't tested the long ball this season. But if the line can give quarterback T.J. Yates enough time -- and if their young receivers can hang on -- this might be the week they're tempted to throw downfield.
ECU has secondary concerns
The News and Observer

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