Duke's Deaver out for season

Aug. 18, 2014 @ 03:27 PM

Another veteran Duke football player was injured Monday morning and will not play for the Blue Devils.

Redshirt senior tight end Braxton Deaver suffered a knee injury in practice and an MRI exam revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament that ends his season.

Deaver caught 46 passes for 600 yards last season, second in both categories for Duke. His talents have him on the radar screen of NFL scouts.

Deaver missed the first five days of Duke’s practice this month for an undisclosed disciplinary reason. Since he was behind on the acclimatization process, he was held out of the team’s first scrimmage on Aug. 11.

That, coincidentally, was the day that redshirt senior linebacker Kelby Brown suffered a torn ACL which has ended his season.

Deaver did participate in Duke’s second and final preseason scrimmage last Friday at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Since enrolling at Duke in 2010, Deaver has already sat out two full seasons. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2010. In 2012, multiple injuries kept Deaver out for the entire season.

He underwent surgery on Jan. 9, 2012 to repair torn ACL in his left knee. On June 14, 2012, he had surgery to repair left thumb fracture. Less than a month later, on July 10, 2012, he had another surgery to repair a left patella (kneecap) fracture.