And then there were five.
With the Friday afternoon announcement that S Jordon Byas had undergone surgery to repair a torn left meniscus, Duke has now lost five projected starters. The first indication that Byas was injured came Tuesday, when he did not play in the Blue Devils' final scrimmage.
In Byas's place was Jeremy Cash, the Ohio State transfer whose transfer waiver to play this year was denied Tuesday.
Earlier this week, Duke announced that Taylor Sowell, who sandwiched Byas and Cash on the depth chart, was out for the year as well with a ruptured Achillies tendon.
To review, here is the list of Blue Devils 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.