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N&O: Irving Out ‘Indefinitely,’ Per O’Brien

July 23, 2009
Kind of what we already knew, but it’s the first word we’ve heard from Major Tom on the matter since the accident occurred.

Injuries suffered in a car crash in June have N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving out indefinitely, coach Tom O’Brien said Thursday afternoon.

During his first public media appearance since the June 28 crash, O’Brien said he won’t know more about Irving’s status until after the player’s next meeting with doctors in mid-August.

O’Brien said that if and when doctors clear Irving to return to football this season, the coaches will allow him to play because he already has used a redshirt year. But there also is a chance Irving could be out for the season.

“This is a medical decision,” O’Brien said during the Triangle Pigskin Preview banquet at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham. “I have nothing to do with this. Once the doctors tell us he’s cleared to go, if we’re still playing football, he will play.”

Sounds like we won’t know much more until August. Hey, that works…that’ll just give us keyboard jockeys another two weeks to speculate.

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