The first half of the 2017 season for Virginia Tech has been a grind at times, as the Hokies have suffered through key injuries during the first six games of the year. Luckily, their bye week has come at the right time to help them mend from their injuries, and take some time away from the practice field.
Virginia Tech’s injury list is lengthly, but a good portion of the players are on course to make a contribution at some point in the second half of the season. Currently, only two players (wide receiver Caleb Farley and safety Divine Deablo) are officially out for the season. The Hokies coaching staff are optimistic that wide receiver Phil Patterson will be cleared to play soon after having knee surgery about a month ago. No comment has been given on the playing status of offensive lineman Austin Cannon, who sustained a knee injury early on in the year.
All eyes in Hokie Nation is waiting for the official injury report on wide receiver Cam Phillips, who suffered a foot sprain in the first quarter of last Saturday’s game against Boston College. The bye week has afforded him time to recover and hopefully start next weekend, but no official announcement has come from the coaching staff on his playing status. Another wideout, C.J. Carroll, is likely out until the end of month with an undisclosed foot injury. Running back Steven Peoples seems like an unlikely candidate to play against UNC as well, as Virginian Pilot writer Jordan Hutchinson saw him walking around Virginia Tech’s athletics complex with a walking boot this week. Peoples injured his left ankle against Old Dominion in Week 4.
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