The first day of full contact during Virginia Tech’s spring practice didn’t come without a cost. It seems the Hokies now must deal with a series of injuries stemming from Wednesday evening’s mini-scrimmage.
Starting middle linebacker Bruce Taylor, a second team all-ACC selection last year, injured his left shoulder on Wednesday and had a precautionary MRI on Thursday. Taylor wrote on twitter the examination revealed no major damage, but it appears unlikely he’ll be able to participate in Saturday’s scrimmage.
Meanwhile, Taylor’s back-up, Oakton native Jack Tyler, will miss the remainder of spring practice after suffering a lower back injury, according to head athletic trainer Mike Goforth.
That opens the door for redshirt senior Barquell Rivers, who missed most of 2010 with a torn quad but was ruled 100 percent healthy this spring. With both Taylor and Tyler out, he will get a golden opportunity to prove he’s ready to contribute on defense again. Rivers started at middle linebacker in 2009 and finished the season with 96 tackles.
Virginia Tech also lost some depth along the defensive line for the time being as defensive tackle Dwight Tucker suffered a high ankle sprain during the mini-scrimmage. Tucker is currently wearing a protective boot for the injury. Expect Kwamaine Battle, who started at defensive tackle against Boise State but then suffered a torn ACL, to get a chance to some more reps as a result.
And finally, we already knew redshirt freshman quarterback Ricardo Young (H.D. Woodson High) suffered a foot injury, but on Thursday he revealed via twitter that x-rays were inconclusive and doctors fear he may have suffered a stretched or torn tendon in the foot. Young, who was receiving a lot of snaps thus far as coaches evaluated whether he was ready to contribute this fall, wrote that an MRI will be taken to determine the full extent of the injury.
“Why me,” Young tweeted. “This was my spring to prove what I can do on the field.”
It will be interesting to see whether this wave of injuries is a spring anomaly, or if we’re due to see more this Saturday when the Hokies take part in a full scrimmage at Lane Stadium Saturday morning.