UNC junior tight end Zack Pianalto (above), who sustained a concussion in last Thursday’s loss to Florida State, returned to practice Sunday and has been cleared to play against Virginia Tech Thursday.
"We've got the leading experts in the entire field," Tar Heels head coach Butch Davis said today. "They immediately do [tests] at the ball game. Then they test him and reevaluate him the next day. They deemed him healthy and ready to go."
A 2003 NCAA study of college football players shows that players may need at least seven days to recover from a concussion. The data show that 75 percent of repeat concussions occur within 10 days of the first. Davis said that to the best of his knowledge, Pianalto is 100 percent.
"We wouldn't play him if he wasn't," Davis said.
— Correspondent Brian Conlin
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Posted by Observer Sports at 5:29 PM