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Syracuse Football: Eric Dungey ‘doubtful’ for Saturday’s game vs. Florida State

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

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Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey is listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game against Florida State. The Orange released its weekly injury report Thursday night.

Dungey missed last week’s 35-20 loss to NC State after suffering an injury to the head-or-shoulder area during Syracuse’s loss to Clemson the week prior. Syracuse coach Dino Babers said the sophomore quarterback has yet to be cleared to practice by doctors and is currently seeking a second opinion on the injury.

Babers declined to provide any specifics regarding Dungey’s injury and whether or not it could potentially be career ending. Dungey missed four games last season due to two concussions.

Babers said on Wednesday backup Zack Mahoney will most likely start in Dungey’s place.

Center Colin Byrne, wide receiver Devin Butler and defensive end Jake Pickard are the other three players listed on the injury report, all of whom are listed as out.

Byrne was forced out of last week’s loss to NC State after suffering a hard hit to the head, which left him motionless on the ground. Babers briefly addressed Byrne’s injury on Wednesday.

“I saw the tape. You saw the game,” Babers said. “I’m going to leave it there.”

Two notable players who are not listed on the injury report are wide receive Steve Ishmael and offensive lineman Omari Palmer. Ishmael dressed for last week’s game against NC State but didn’t touch the field. Babers said Ishmael is still dealing with a nagging injury he suffered against Clemson, and added that the wide receiver wasn’t able to finish practice on Tuesday.

Palmer hasn’t played since week three. His return would be a much needed boost for Syracuse’s offensive line.