Friday, July 24, 2009

Injured Duke DT Rucker out indefinitely

Duke reserve defensive tackle Kinney Rucker is out indefinitely because of an injured foot, the school announced Friday.

Rucker had surgery last month to repir a torn plantar plate in his right foot.

"At this point, we don't have a timetable set for Kinney's return," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement. "We'll continue to monitor his progress and evaluate the options as his health improves."

A native of Durham, Rucker has played all 24 games with four starting assignments over the past two seasons. He made 28 tackles with four quarterback sacks in 2007 and added 21 tackles last season.

He was expected to be the top reserve behind senior Vince Oghobaase this season.

Ken Tysiac