Ultimate Frisbee proves to be a pain for UNC QB

Staff WriterApril 25, 2009 

UNC quarterback T.J. Yates made it through spring practice unscathed, but an impromptu game of Ultimate Frisbee proved rougher.

Yates sprained his right thumb playing Ultimate Frisbee during a team activity session on Wednesday in Chapel Hill, a UNC spokesman said Friday.

Yates and UNC coach Butch Davis were not available for comment.

Yates will need six weeks to rehabilitate his throwing hand and will have to wear a splint during that time. The two-year starter does not need surgery, however, and the injury is not expected to have a lingering effect on the Tar Heels' quarterback or remain a concern by the time training camp starts in August.

The freak accident does raise questions about Yates' durability. He missed six games in 2008 with a fractured left ankle. He had surgery on his right shoulder after the 2007 season, which cost him all of spring practice in 2008.

Yates, who will be a junior this fall, completed 81 of-135 passes for 1,168 yards in seven games last season. He finished with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.

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