Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Source: Shoulder injury will sideline Pack QB

N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson injured his right (throwing) shoulder during the first half of last week’s 30-24 overtime win against East Carolina, a source close to the program said

Coach Tom O’Brien announced Monday that Wilson will miss Saturday’s game against South Florida, but would not disclose the nature of the injury. Wilson previously suffered a Grade 3 concussion in the Aug. 28 opener at South Carolina and returned to the starting lineup 16 days later at Clemson.

The source said the current injury has nothing to do with the concussion. O’Brien said Wilson is out indefinitely.

Wilson, a redshirt freshman, turned in his best performance of the season against East Carolina. He completed 21 of 31 passes for 210 yards with three touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Despite the first-half injury, Wilson was 11-for-15 for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the second half against the Pirates.

Junior Harrison Beck, who will make his fifth career start, will replace Wilson on Saturday.

– Ken Tysiac