Brandon Mitchell has an undisclosed injury that doesn't sound serious, but he is officially questionable for NC State's game against Boston College on Saturday. Bra'Lon Cherry is also questionable, while A.J. Ferguson has been ruled out.
Brandon Mitchell=questionable for BC. Suffered injury @ Duke that hasn't progressed as hoped this week. Cherry questionable, Ferguson out— NC State Football (@PackFootball) November 14, 2013
Doeren said earlier in the week Mitchell would start vs. BC but an undisclosed injury from Duke game has hindered him in practice this week— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) November 14, 2013
re: Mitchell. Don't think Doeren was trying to deceive anyone, Mitchell was sore after Duke game and wasn't able to practice much this week— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) November 14, 2013
Protocol is to put him on the injury report if there's an issue, that's what Doeren did— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) November 14, 2013
The team account added that Mitchell had been expected to practice on Monday, so yeah, I don't think Dave Doeren was pulling any shenanigans with this. It stinks that Mitchell is hurt again, but based on what we've seen over the last month, it doesn't appear we'd miss much with his absence, unfortunately.
Pete Thomas is the better choice to attack Boston College's vulnerable secondary, anyhow, and what we might lose with Mitchell's versatility could be accounted for by a better day through the air. At least, that's the looking-on-the-bright-side angle!
On another note, with Cherry questionable, might Rashard Smith finally step into a more permanent role as the kickoff returner? We need some juice wherever we can get it at this point.