In the first major injury news from the preseason, Duke S Taylor Sowell had surgery Monday to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon in his right leg, the team announced in a statement. Sowell, a redshirt junior who was listed as the backup to Jordon Byas at the "strike" safety position on the summer depth chart, has played 80 career snaps and registered six tackles last season. He will miss the entire season.
While Sowell is the first casualty from the fall, the Blue Devils came into camp with several players out indefinitely. WR Blair Holliday (head), TE Braxton Deaver (fractured left kneecap), NG Jamal Bruce (right foot) and LB Kelby Brown (right ACL) were all projected to start. And key backups including LG Lucas Patrick (fractured left ankle), Jared Boyd (ACL) and DE Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo (ankle) are all still recovering from offseason injuries and also do not have timetables for their returns.