Senior Earl Wolff has started 28 straight games for N.C. State. That streak is in question for Saturday's home opener against South Alabama.
Wolff suffered an undisclosed injury in the second half of N.C. State's 10-7 win over Connecticut last Saturday and missed the entire fourth quarter. Wolff has been limited in practice this week and his status for South Alabama is uncertain.
N.C. State does not provide an injury report for nonconference games and coach Tom O'Brien has been vague on injury issues for Wolff and starting left tackle Rob Crisp, who missed the UConn game with an undisclosed injury.
O'Brien said earlier in the week it was unlikely Crisp would play against the Jaguars. O'Brien was more ambiguous about Wolff's status.
"We'll see how it goes this week," O'Brien said Monday. "If he's good enough to go, he'll play and if he's not, he won't."
Wolff said after the UConn game he had "slightly strained something" but that he would be ready to go against South Alabama.
Wolff has been State's best player on defense through the first two games. He had 18 tackles against Tennessee in the opener and an interception and a fumble recovery against UConn.
If Wolff can't play Saturday, redshirt freshman Hakim Jones would likely get his first career start. Jones played the fourth quarter in Wolff's safety spot and finished the game with three tackles.