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Georgia Tech Vs. Virginia Tech: Hokies LB Tariq Edwards Out For Opener

Virginia Tech has announced it will be without starting linebacker Tariq Edwards for their Labor Day night opener against Georgia Tech as the senior is still recovering from surgery to his shin. The Washington Post reports that the announcement was somewhat procedural, as Edwards' path to recovery has been very slow:

The announcement is not a surprise, because Edwards had been slow to heal throughout training camp. He underwent an additional procedure two weeks ago to remove a screw that had been causing discomfort in his knee. He just recently got off crutches.

Middle linebacker Bruce Taylor will start in place of Edwards, while Jack Tyler will move over to take Taylor's spot. Taylor missed most of the Spring with a Lisfranc (middle foot) injury.

Beamer made the announcement during his weekly teleconference with reporters. Back in March Edwards had a rod inserted into his left tibia to alleviate pain cause from a stress fracture to his shin.

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