North Carolina cornerback Jabari Price injured a tendon in his left hand during Tuesday’s practice, the school announced this morning, and will have surgery Friday at UNC Hospitals.
His status will be updated after the operation, which will be performed by Dr. Donald Bynum.
Price played in all 13 games last season as a freshman, and started the final four.
He was penciled in as a starter at one corner, on the opposite side of veteran Charles Brown, who was suspended for all of last season as part of the NCAA investigation into academic misconduct and impermissible benefits.
Price’s potential loss impacts a position that was already lacking depth; Brown is suspended for the Sept. 3 season opener, and Mywan Jackson, a junior backup corner, opted not to return to the team before training camp.
To help replace Price, North Carolina has moved junior wide receiver Todd Harrelson, a second-team all-state defensive back at his Virginia high school, to cornerback.