CHAPEL HILL — Center Lowell Dyer was in shorts and tight end Zack Pianalto was on crutches Tuesday as No. 24 North Carolina prepared for East Carolina.
Dyer missed UNC's 12-10 win over UConn with an injured right shoulder and Pianalto injured his right foot in the fourth quarter. If Tuesday's practice participation is any indication, neither will play against the Pirates on Saturday.
The status of Pianalto, who injured his foot after scoring the game-tying touchdown with 2:36 left in the game, remains unclear. Tar Heels coach Butch Davis said Monday that further tests showed that Pianalto did not suffer a break, rather a subtalar dislocation. The swelling of his foot has hindered a prognosis for Pianalto's return. There was no update on Pianalto's status on Tuesday.
Left guard Jonathan Cooper, who also missed the UConn win, did practice on Tuesday. UNC offensive line coach Sam Pittman said he's trying to get center Cam Holland and guard Greg Elleby ready for their second college starts.
"We're going to prepare like they can't play," Pittman said Tuesday, referring to Dyer and Cooper.