N.C. State Football

Third knee injury will end Byrd's career at NC State

jgiglio@newsobserver.comOctober 15, 2013 

— Jarvis Byrd made it back from two major knee injuries, but a third means the end of his career at N.C. State.

The fifth-year senior suffered a knee injury against Wake Forest on Oct. 5 and the school announced Tuesday he would miss the remainder of the season.

Byrd started the first five games at free safety and had 17 tackles before he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the second quarter of the Wake Forest loss. Byrd was injured on an illegal block and missed the second half of the Wake game and last week’s loss to Syracuse.

Coach Dave Doeren had feared Byrd’s injury was serious but that wasn’t confirmed until this week. Byrd previously tore the ACL in his right knee as a true freshman in 2009 and then the ACL in his right knee in summer workouts in 2010.

He had worked his way back into the starting lineup this season, and was one of the leaders on defense, but he’s the latest in a long line of key players on the injured list for the Wolfpack, which is off Saturday.

“It is so unfortunate that a player like Jarvis, who has been through two other ACL surgeries, has to endure another,” Doeren said in a statement released by the team. “I know that he will have a tremendous attitude and will use all the support available to him to have a healthy recovery.”

Byrd was one of five starters who missed the Syracuse game. Another four key players were hurt during the loss to the Orange.

N.C. State is hoping to get most of its players back for an Oct. 26 trip to Florida State.

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