DURHAM -- Duke redshirt freshman Sydney Sarmiento, a reserve defensive end, had his knee scoped Tuesday “but we expect him back soon,’’ coach David Cutcliffe said.
“He’s got a chance [to be back] before the season [beings],’’ he added. “It’s one of those things, you see those guys sometimes after scopes back in six days. But it just depends on how receptive his body is to the surgery they did.”
Sarmiento’s absence depletes a defensive line that is already thin because of graduation and dismissals. Also on that line, senior Wesley Oglesby remains sidelined with an ankle injury and redshirt freshman Desmond Johnson out with a foot injury. Senior linebacker Damien Thorton and cornerback Johnny Williams have been slowed by shoulder injuries.
Cutcliffe also remains cautious with starting wide receivers Donovan Varner and Austin Kelly, who have been hampered by hamstring injuries. Kelly is doubtful to play in Friday night’s scrimmage.