Yates Out for Six Weeks Minimum

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- The University of North Carolina confirmed reports that sophomore quarterback T.J. Yates will miss a minimum of six weeks due to a small non-displaced fracture in his left ankle suffered in the third quarter of Saturday's game against Virginia Tech.

After the game Saturday evening, a UNC official informed Inside Carolina that the X-rays came back negative. However, a MRI performed Sunday evening found the fracture, which occurred on an 18-yard sack near midfield.

Yates' injury will not require surgery, and during the next six weeks, he will undergo treatment and rehabilitation. His status will be re-evaluated after six weeks.

Through the first three games of the season, Yates had thrown for 623 yards on 60.6 percent passing (40-of-66) and six touchdowns with one interception.

As a redshirt freshman in 2007, Yates passed for a UNC single-season record 2,655 yards and 14 touchdowns, earning First-Team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News.

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