Team trainer Dan Hooker said that in the incident that caused the injury a piece of bone was pulled from the tip of his thumb by the tendon. At this point he could no longer extend his thumb. According to Hooker, this type of injury is more common among wide receivers, defensive backs, and linebackers, but it usually happens in one of the fingers, rather than the thumb.
According to Hooker, Durant said, "I can't help the team anymore; my thumb won't let me play," to him on the sideline after it happened.
Surgery is scheduled for Monday by UNC's team surgeon Dr. Tim Taft. He will insert the bone back into it's proper place. Durant is expected to wear a splint/imobilizer for two-three weeks and is expected to be out of action for six weeks.
Hooker speculated that Durant could possibly play another position like linebacker this season, but head coach John Bunting denied any possibility.
"[Darian] had a phenomenal day yesterday," Bunting said. "We'll miss him and I'm sure he'll do everything he can to help out C.J. [Stephens] as he fills in for him. ... Unless we go to a bowl game this year, [Darian's] done.
"We're all going to rally around C.J. We have to move forward as a team."
Three other Tar Heels were injured in action against Virginia. Will Chapman suffered a fractured right wrist, Clay Roberson a dislocated right thumb, and Wilie McNeill a concussion. All three will be re-evaluated this week before a decision is made for the Wake Forest game.