Syracuse Orange starting quarterback Eric Dungey is getting a second opinion on his injury, head coach Dino Babers told the media on Monday.
"They were going through tests and now they're going through secondary tests," Babers said. "They're getting a second opinion on stuff. So we've got to wait for the second opinion and we've got to wait to see what that doctor says."
Dungey was held out of Saturday’s 35-20 loss to NC State after previously being listed as questionable on Thursday’s injury report. Dungey was knocked out of Syracuse’s loss to Clemson on Nov. 5 after suffering a hard hit to the head-and-shoulder area during the final minutes of the first quarter. He was taken into the locker room for an evaluation before returning to the sidelines and watching the remainder of the game in street clothes.
Babers, once again, declined to clarify the specifics regarding Dungey’s injury and his original diagnosis, but did confirm the sophomore quarterback has not been medically cleared to practice – he only attended practice last week, he was not cleared to participate.
Babers said after Saturday’s loss to NC State that Dungey is “probably doubtful” for this week’s matchup against No. 17 Florida State.
Dungey missed four games last season due to two separate concussions. While Dungey did suffer a hard hit to the head-and-shoulder area, the fact he was able to return to the sidelines afterwards – in a loud and bright environment – is a positive sign he did not suffer his third career concussion, but rather an injury to the shoulder area.
With so much uncertainty surrounding Dungey’s health and availability for Saturday’s game against Florida State, Babers opted to list Dungey, Zack Mahoney and Austin Wilson as co-starters at quarterback on this week’s depth chart.
Even with Dungey behind center, taking down Florida State would have been a daunting task, without him, the chances of Syracuse pulling off an upset appear to be bleak at best.