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NC State receiver Nyheim Hines not expected to play against Old Dominion

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A little worrisome, but the Pack can afford to miss him this week.

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NC State wide receiver and kickoff return specialist Nyheim Hines is unlikely to play on Saturday night against Old Dominion, per the N&O’s Joe Giglio. Hines is nursing an ankle injury, the severity of which is unknown.

This could all be precautionary, since the Wolfpack should have little trouble getting past Old Dominion whether or not Hines is in the lineup. NC State is off the following weekend, so Hines has extra time, if he needs it, to get well for the start of conference play. And we are definitely going to need him at that point.

Through two games, Hines has seven grabs for 70 yards and four carries for 22 yards. He’s also averaging 20 yards per kickoff return. We’ll have to wait at least one more game for his first big explosive play of the season.

In the meantime this is a good opportunity for some of State’s inexperienced wide receivers to get more run.