Last night, the Syracuse Orange released their injury report for Satuday’s matchup with the Virginia Tech Hokies. In good news, one of the three injured starting offensive linemen is off the list. Cody Conway, out for a couple weeks now, is back, which should help strengthen the line. Earlier this week, Dino Babers said two of the injured O-linemen were probably out for the year, so that could mean it’s the end of the season for both Jason Emerich and Omari Palmer.
In bad news, Syracuse also added two names to the list:
Wide receiver Devin Butler and cornerback Cordell Hudson
Neither is ideal, but Hudson even more so. Butler didn’t appear to leave the field vs. Wake Forest last week in any pain, though Hudson did in the second half. Hudson’s absence means the start likely goes to true freshman Carl Jones Jr., who’s already seen action this year.
There are a couple positions where the Orange cannot afford any more injuries, and the secondary is certainly one of them. With Antwan Cordy and Juwan Dowels already out for the year, any extended absence for Hudson would be a disaster. The corners (and safeties) have struggled throughout this year, and part of that is due to how ravaged the group has been by injuries.
So that’s not great news at all, and certainly makes the task of stopping the Hokies that much more difficult than it already was. Not impossible, mind you. But it’s worrisome nonetheless.