Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is questionable for Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh with an upper body injury, said head coach David Cutcliffe in a surprise announcement Thursday.
“It is really day-to-day,” Cutcliffe said.
Sirk’s injury was sustained in last week’s 66-31 loss at North Carolina. It’s not clear when he was hurt, as he played three quarters. Sirk’s last play was a four-yard touchdown run that made the score 59-24. With the outcome long decided, backup quarterback Parker Boehme played the fourth quarter.
Cutcliffe said the Blue Devils would evaluate Sirk’s availability on Friday and Saturday morning before making a decision on who starts the noon game. Boehme has worked with the starting offense this week in practice, and Cutcliffe has been pleased with the results.
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Boehme, a redshirt sophomore, has been used sparingly this year, primarily in blowouts. completing 11-of-15 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown. Like Sirk, he is a legitimate running threat, rushing 24 times for 81 yards (3.4 yards per carry) and three touchdowns.
In other injury news, running back Shaun Wilson will miss his second consecutive game. Starting safety Deondre Singleton, who did not play in the second half against UNC, is probable.