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Early enrollee Dominic McDonald to miss spring practice

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Stop me if you've heard this before: a Duke defensive player is injured.

Continuing a trend from last season, LB Dominic McDonald, an early enrollee, underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. He will miss Spring practice.

McDonald flipped his commitment from Tennessee to Duke in December and arrived on campus in January, hoping to get a jump on preparation for next season. He could compete for playing time at one of the weaker positions on Duke's roster, but missing spring practice will be a significant setback for the three-star recruit.

News of McDonald's injury will likely bring up bad memories from last year, when Duke, at times, struggled to find enough healthy bodies on defense. One bright spot for the linebackers unit, though, will be the return of junior Kelby Brown, who redshirted last season due to a leg injury.

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About the blogger

Laura Keeley is the Duke beat writer for the News & Observer. Follow her on Twitter @laurakeeley