UNC WR T.J. Thorpe out again
Aug. 05, 2014 @ 02:30 PM
CHAPEL HILL —
Jordan High School graduate T.J. Thorpe wasn't at practice Tuesday amid reports that he reinjured his left foot.
The junior wide receiver first broke the fifth metatarsal bone of left foot on the third day of training camp in 2012, forcing him to sit out the season, and then cracked the bone again during winter conditioning in 2013, forcing him to miss spring camp.
Thorpe was listed as a starter at wide receiver and kickoff returner heading into training camp. He led the ACC at 26.7 yards a kickoff return as a freshman and caught 24 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore.
UNC coach Larry Fedora does not discuss injuries and did not shed any light on Thorpe's absence Tuesday. However, he did say he was concerned about the mental state of any player who must come back from multiple injuries.
"You know you've got a problem physically, but the mental part of overcoming those things is extremely difficult for any player," Fedora said. "And I don't care if you're in the NFL or Pee-Wee ball or whatever you are. When you get hurt and you can't go and you're standing on the sideline and you've put a lot of time and effort into it, it's going to be disappointing."
Thorpe was not available for comment. Last year, he said that it took time to trust his foot again after getting injured twice on routine maneuvers.
“At first it’s, ‘I don’t know, I don’t want to do too much,’” Thorpe said. “But when you start playing it’s, ‘I don’t want to get embarrassed, I don’t want to mess anything up,’ so you just kind of forget about it.”