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Virginia Tech football hit by injuries in win over Arkansas State

Virginia Tech may have had little trouble disposing of Arkansas State on Saturday, but the victory didn’t come without some consequences on the injury front.

Wide receiver Dyrell Roberts broke his left arm on the opening kickoff of the game and Coach Frank Beamer said during his postgame news conference that the senior “is probably going to be out for the season.”

It’s particularly devastating after Roberts spent much of his offseason recovering from emergency surgery because of compartment syndrome in his thigh, an ailment that forced him to miss the final five games of the 2010 season.

“That’s awful,” Hokies wide receiver Danny Coale said. “He went through that setback last year. He worked harder than anybody to get back this year and something like that happens again. I don’t think you’re going to find another guy on the team that cares more about the people around him. He just loves his teammates and loves being out there with us. For him to have another setback, it’s pretty devastating, not only for him but as a teammate, we feel it, too.”

One silver lining, though, is that because Roberts’s latest injury occurred before one-third of Virginia Tech’s season is complete, he is eligible for a medical redshirt and could return as a fifth-year senior in 2012.

Junior D.J. Coles, who had his first career touchdown against Arkansas State Saturday, should see an increase in playing time as a result of Roberts’s absence.

Along the offensive line, meanwhile, starting left tackle Andrew Lanier suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the second half. Virginia Tech said Lanier will be re-evaluated on Sunday or Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

If the redshirt senior were to miss significant action, it would be another blow to the Hokies’ offensive line depth. Last week, Virginia Tech lost back-up guard David Wang for eight to ten weeks after he broke his foot.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.


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