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Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller has surgery to repair core muscle, possibly could return for bowl game

Kyle Fuller leads Virginia Tech in pass break-ups. (Joel Hawksley/AP)

Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller underwent surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia to repair a core muscle injury, the school announced Thursday morning.

Fuller, a senior, did not dress for his final home game at Lane Stadium last week against Maryland and will not be available when the Hokies close out the regular season at Virginia on Nov. 30.

Fuller will perform his rehabilitation in Blacksburg, Va., and his recovery is expected to take four to six weeks, which leaves open the possibility that he could return in time to play in Virginia Tech’s bowl game.

The Hokies still have an outside shot at qualifying for the ACC championship game on Dec. 7 if Coastal Division leader Duke loses one of its final two games.

Fuller had been limited since suffering a groin injury during practice when Virginia Tech had its first bye week of the season last month, and it coincided with the Hokies losing three of their past four games after a 6-1 start to the season. The Baltimore native missed two games (Boston College and Maryland) and needed to be removed early from two others (Duke and Miami).

It’s the second straight season Fuller has had derailed by injuries, and he was playing at a high level during the first two months of his final campaign at Virginia Tech. He leads the team with 10 pass break-ups and has two interceptions and 24 tackles.

Fuller was named a semifinalist for both the Bednarik (nation’s top defensive player) and Jim Thorpe (nation’s top defensive back) awards this year.

In his place, the Hokies will continue to rely on freshmen Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller, Kyle’s younger brother. Senior Antone Exum, who missed the Maryland loss with an ankle injury, could also return for the team’s regular season finale at Virginia.

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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