Duke's Boone progressing, but still out this week

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 11:40 AM

The most-impactful person on Duke’s injury list remains out for Saturday’s game with Troy.

But Duke coach David Cutcliffe offered some hopeful news regarding injured quarterback Anthony Boone’s status on Thursday morning.

Cutcliffe said Boone, out since breaking his collarbone during a Sept. 7 win at Memphis, has resumed throwing the football. The injury occurred on his right (throwing) side.

Boone is also not longer wearing a brace that held his right arm tight against his chest to protect the healing bone.

“I think we’re closer,” Cutcliffe said. “The open date comes at a good time. We’ll see what happens.”

Duke’s first open week of the season follows the Troy game. After that, the Blue Devils (2-2, 0-2 in ACC) don’t play again until Oct. 12 at home with Navy.

Cutcliffe said Boone has yet to be cleared to take contact and the integrity of the bone’s healing will determine when he can return to play.

“I am not going to put him back out there until I know he is capable of taking a hit,” Cutcliffe said.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Thomas Sirk, out since rupturing his Achilles’ tendon last March, is also progressing toward a return this season. Sirk had surgery on April 10.

“Sirk continues to work a little more,” Cutcliffe said.

Also on the injury front, safety Dwayne Norman (leg) has been ruled out for the Troy game. Norman was injured in last Saturday’s 58-55 loss to Pittsburgh. Freshman Deondre Singleton will start in his place, making him the first true freshman to draw a starting assignment this season.

The injury news is better for starting linebacker Kelby Brown, who left the Pittsburgh game with a right leg injury. Brown is listed a probable to play against Troy.

Safety Corbin McCarthy is also listed as probable after he missed the Pittsburgh game with a leg injury. A redshirt freshman, McCarthy started Duke’s first three games this season.

Reserve offensive lineman Casey Blaser (broken hand) has also progressed to the point where he is listed as probable for Saturday’s game. Blaser suffered the injury in August and needed surgery. He has yet to play this season.

Other players listed as probable are defensive end Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo, wide receiver Jack Wise and linebacker Deion Williams.