Durham, NC, United States (4E Sports) – The Duke Blue Devils will be losing the services of starting tight end Braxton Deaver this season after tearing his ACL during practice.
The injury makes him the second starter to go down this week.
Starting middle linebacker Kelby Brown injured his ACL as well before Deaver got hurt.
Duke has now lost major contributors from last year’s campaign.
Besides Deaver and Brown, starting running back Jela Duncan will not play to focus more on his studies while quarterback Brandon Connette transferred to Fresno State.
Deaver already had a history of knee injuries before; in 2012 he missed the entire season and went through a pair of surgeries on his left knee.
Duke Coach David Cutcliffe stated the incident seems “redundant” after Kelby’s injury.
“But again our thoughts and prayers lie with Braxton and his family with this news,” Cutcliffe added.
He also said that they will miss Deaver’s presence but their focus now is on his health.
Knowing that he will still be an important piece of the team’s program as they go forward.
Deaver went light with the injury and tweeted, “Took me tearing my ACL to get 1,000 followers. Lol. Thank you everyone for your support and words you have no idea how much it has meant.”
The third team All-ACC pick had 6 receptions for 600 yards and four touchdowns last season.