Coach Al Golden said Wednesday that though the injury to freshman linebacker Raphael Kirbys knee will not require surgery, he will be out awhile.
Crushed, Golden said of his own reaction to the injury. Great kid. Worked really hard. I think knowing his work ethic and character I wouldnt rule him out from coming back this season. Maybe hell have a chance to come back midseason.
Still, Golden said MRIs have to be performed on Kirby, and he isnt sure if a return for Kirby is possible.
• Defensive end Anthony Chickillo was practicing in a yellow jersey for limited contact Wednesday. Chickillo said he has been battling a stomach flu. Golden said it was a sinus infection. Either way, Chickillo expects to be out a couple days. He said hes taking medicine.
• The Canes had a scrimmage for special teams Tuesday afternoon, and Golden said freshmen Malcolm Lewis and Duke Johnson each had punt returns for touchdowns. Punter Dalton Botts also looked strong, Golden said. Safeties Kacy Rodgers and Deon Bush had great days in special teams coverage, Golden said.