UNC quarterback T.J. Yates made it through spring practice unscathed but not an impromptu game of Ultimate Frisbee.
Yates sprained his right thumb playing Ultimate Frisbee during an end-of-spring team activity session on Wednesday in Chapel Hill, a UNC spokesman said Friday.
Yates will need six weeks to rehabilitate his throwing hand and will have to wear a splint. The two-year starter does not need surgery. The injury isn’t expected to have a lingering effect on the Tar Heels’ quarterback or be a concern once training camp starts in August.
The freak accident does raise questions about Yates’ durability. He missed six games in 2008 with a sprained 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, completed 81-of-135 passes for 1,168 yards in seven games last season. He finished with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.-- J.P. Giglio