Sep 8, 2012; Winston Salem, NC, USA Wake Forest Demon Deacons nose tackle Nikita Whitlock (50) gets carted off the field after an injury in the third quarter against the North Carolina Tar Heels at BB&T field. Wake defeated the Heels 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
According to Dan Collins' most recent article here, Nikita Whitlock still hasn't practiced this week, but Coach Grobe did say that if he was healthy on Saturday then he would play. This is a far cry from most weeks where if you don't practice then you don't play, but Nikita Whitlock is no ordinary player for this football team.
The other guys that are being looked at are Zach Thompson, Devin Bolling, Steven Chase, and Kevin Johnson, all of whom have had injuries of some sort in the past couple of weeks that have resulted in a loss of playing time. After the jump we will briefly update each one of their statuses with some personal commentary on it.
No doubt a lot of this will be cleared up by Coach Grobe tonight in his weekly radio show, so take what I'm writing with a grain of salt.
Click through the jump for Wake injury updats.
Zach Thompson (DE), Injury- Poked eye in Liberty game.
- Missed the UNC game because of extreme discomfort in his eye as a result of the Liberty game.
- According to Grobie, Thompson has been "given the green light"
- This will help the Deacs a lot, especially if Nikita can't go because it will allow the d-line to move around Tylor Harris, Godpower Offor and Hasan Hazime a little bit. Once both guys get healthy I think the defensive line will be a real plus for this team overall.
- I haven't heard much about Bolling in any updates. The most recent one on Twitter came from September 8th where he was in uniform but he was listed as "doubtful" and wound up missing the UNC game completely.
- It would be nice if Wake could get Devin back, especially with the lack of depth/experience on the offensive line. The line did alright last Saturday in the pass block but has a long way to go in the run game. This will be especially important on Saturday vs. FSU
- This is from his own Twitter account posted last night.:
- Obviously crucial for the Deacs as KJ is the 2nd cornerback and will figure to be a crucial part of shutting down the FSU passing game. KJ seemed fine after the hit and was seemingly kept out of the rest of the game as a precautionary measure as opposed to something more severe.
- Once again, it was reported yesterday by Dan Collins that Chase was back on the field and doing some of the drills with a brace on his knee. The meniscus that was torn has been repaired, which will help with some of the jarring moves that are expected of offensive linemen (the meniscus serves as a cushion between two bones and prevents pain by the bones/joints rubbing together).
- Grobe said that it would be up to Chase as to whether or not he can play this year or needs to shut it down and go ahead and have the surgery. Since Chase has already red-shirted there is some obvious concern over losing a year if the medical redshirt is not achieved. Since they can't find out about that until after the season in all likelihood, it would be taking a blind shot as to whether or not he would get the year back.
- Either way I think that Chase needs to do the smart thing, think about his future, and go ahead and have the surgery. I'm not a doctor and have no idea as to the extent of the injury, so if he is medically cleared then by all means go ahead and try to play. In these cases you usually want the doctors and staff to step in and make sure he is doing the intelligent thing. Football is just a game and he has the rest of his life ahead of him, so I think that's something that should be taken into consideration.