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At The Heights: BC injury list grows

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  November 11, 2010 04:12 PM

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Boston College coach Frank Spaziani gave a simple, but alarming answer to the question about his injury list for Saturday's game at Duke. "Maybe I should tell you who is healthy,'' said Spaziani this afternoon as he looked at a list which grew larger by three when Spaziani said that both of the Eagles starting guards on the depth chart--Nathan Richman and Ian White would be unlikely to play against Duke.

Both White, who is listed as doubtful and Richman, who is listed as questionable, have shoulder injuries. Spaziani also said that freshman wide receiver Shakim Phillips, who has dealt with a series of leg injuries all season, was again out. "Vision issue,'' said Spaziani, shaking his head.

The injuries on the offensive line leave the Eagles very thin in terms of available bodies. "We'll have six guys available,'' said Spaziani who said that Bryant Davis and Thomas Claiborne would probably move into starting roles. "If those guys (Richman and White) aren't available, we'll have six guys available. It becomes a patchwork outfit more than it is now. It gets very, very dicey.''

To this point, Spaziani had planned on redshirting freshman offensive tackle Seth Betancourt. "Taking somebody's redshirt off is not out of the question,'' said Spaziani.

Senior wide receiver Billy Flutie will have day surgery tomorrow to repair a torn hamstring.

"It was very painful,'' said Flutie before practice today. "It's a high tear. The higher the worse it is, which is why they are taking action on it so I don't have problems later on. I obviously did not want this to happen. If anything, maybe I'll have a chance to hold in a bowl game, but it's going to be a two to three month recovery It's tough to take in.

""We've had a tough run for the seniors and the fifth year guys. It's tough not to suit back up again. I have to take it day by day and get better. They say it's a pretty quick surgery, but the thing that is tough is the recovery. You are in a brace from your hip all the way to your knee. You can't bend your knee from two to three weeks.'''

Flutie said the first diagnosis revealed a tear, but one the doctors thought could be corrected with rehab. "But they took a second MRI with better machines and saw it was more significant. You've got to look at long term. I want to stay active and play pick up basketball with Doug,''said the nephew of former BC QB and Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie.

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