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.