N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien expects to get some healthy players back for Saturday's game against Central Michigan, but not all of them.
Fullback Taylor Gentry, running back Curtis Underwood and punter Wil Baumann were listed in the Wolfpack's depth chart on Monday and have a chance to play against the Chippewas, O'Brien said.
Four defensive linemen, linebacker Terrell Manning and running back Mustafa Greene are unlikely to to return from the injured list this week, O'Brien said.
"Realistically, we can get everybody back for the second half of the year," O'Brien said, pointing towards the Oct. 22 trip to Virginia.
The Wolfpack (2-3) closes its nonconference schedule this week and then has an open date. O'Brien's first team, in 2007, started 1-5 but rallied after the bye week to win four straight.
"We're starting over now," said senior defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy. "What has happened, has happened."
Sweezy made his season-debut in Saturday's 45-35 loss to Georgia Tech. He missed the first four games with a foot injury. Defensive end A.J. Ferguson (knee), defensive tackle Brian Slay (ankle), defensive tackle Thomas Teal (foot) and defensive end Jeff Rieskamp (shoulder) all missed the Georgia Tech game and are not expected back before the Virginia game.
Greene, the team's leading rusher a year ago, hasn't played this season, either. He suffered a foot injury in spring practice and had offseason surgery. O'Brien has said they won't make a decision about whether to redshirt Greene, until after the open week.
Underwood missed the Tech game with a knee injury but is listed as James Washington's backup at running back for this week's game.
O'Brien did not release an updated injury report on Monday because the ACC policy only requires updates for conference games.
Gentry, who played defensive tackle and fullback against Tech, injured his ankle and missed the second half. O'Brien expects him to return for Central Michigan. Baumann injured a hamstring in warmups before the Tech game and did not punt on Saturday but is also expected back.