Thorpe Sidelined Indefinitely

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Multiple sources have confirmed to InsideCarolina.com that junior wide receiver T.J. Thorpe is sidelined indefinitely after suffering his third left foot injury in two years.

Thorpe was listed as the starter at flanker on UNC's preseason depth chart.

UNC head coach Larry Fedora’s injury policy is to not discuss injuries unless it’s of the season-ending variety.

When asked on Tuesday if he had lost anybody to injury thus far in training camp, Fedora replied: "No, not yet. If I lose somebody, I'll let you guys know."

In 2012, Thorpe fractured his left foot in a noncontact drill on the third day of training camp. The Durham, N.C. native was cleared in late November of that year, but fractured his foot again on Feb. 12, 2013, while prepping for Blue Dawn, UNC’s winter conditioning program.

Thorpe later told reporters that doctors grafted a bone from his left hip and attached it to his foot with a screw.

Fedora did provide perspective on the challenges Thorpe has encountered with regard to suffering multiple injuries in his career.

"Any time you have multiple injuries, it's very tough on you mentally," Fedora said. "That's the biggest part of it. You know you've got a problem physically, but the mental part of overcoming those things is extremely difficult for any player."

Thorpe, who set a school record with 960 return yards as a freshman in 2011, played in 12 games in 2013. He caught 24 balls for 267 yards and two touchdowns, while also returning 20 kickoffs for 424 yards.

 

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