Duke Football Injury Report
DE Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo (leg) – Probable
DE Justin Foxx (leg) – Probable
C Dave Harding (leg) – Probable
RB Desmond Scott (leg) – Probable
RB Josh Snead (foot) – Probable
K Will Snyderwine (foot) – Probable
S Matt Daniels (leg) – Questionable
CB Johnny Williams (leg) – Questionable
S August Campbell (leg) – Doubtful
S Lee Butler (leg) – OUT
QB Brandon Connette (upper body) – OUT
C Brian Moore (arm) – OUT
TE Jack Farrell (leg) – OUT FOR SEASON
DE Kenny Anunike (leg) – OUT FOR SEASON
Before the bye week, Cutcliffe and some of his players mentioned they were looking forward to the time off, citing the need for additional time with many players recovering from injuries. Oddly enough, the Blue Devils' sport their lengthiest injury report of the season this week.
It is safe to assume that the players listed as probable will be in action Saturday. If Josh Snead does not experience any setbacks, he will see his first action of the 2011 season. After a breakout campaign as a true freshman last year, Snead has missed the start of this season with a leg injury suffered in the final weeks of camp. Fellow running back Desmond Scott missed time with a leg injury, but returned to action against Florida International. Scott, who caught at least one pass in every game last season, served as a third-down back against the Golden Panthers, catching four passes in his return.
Duke's defense will have its hands full with one of the best offenses they will face all year. The Seminoles are getting their starting quarterback E.J. Manuel back full-time after a shoulder injury he suffered against Oklahoma. He has a plethora of weapons at his disposal, and the Blue Devils will need their secondary at full strength to contain Manuel and his teammates. Senior safety and defensive captain Matt Daniels has not missed a game since 2008, but he is listed as questionable along with cornerback Johnny Williams. The two have started every game this season, and losing both will be a huge blow to a pass defense facing its biggest test this weekend. With senior safety Lee Butler out, August Campbell's injury is also worrisome for the depleted secondary. If any of these usual starters cannot go Saturday, Duke will need its less experienced players, namely Zach Greene and Anthony Young-Wiseman, to rise to the occasion.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated incorrectly that Lee Butler was out for the season. The Chronicle regrets the error.