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NC State quarterback Devin Leary out 4-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on broken fibula

NCAA Football: North Carolina State at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NC State announced Sunday morning that quarterback Devin Leary will be out at least a month after undergoing surgery on a broken left fibula. Most likely, we’ve seen Leary play his final snap of the 2020 season.

Leary suffered the injury on a read-play keeper during the second half, and it was the sort of nightmare play that will forever disabuse you of the notion of letting your quarterback run the ball. He was caught in between on a slide as he attempted to give himself up a beat late, and he got crushed by a Duke defender who was also called for targeting.

NC State will move forward with Bailey Hockman or Ben Finley, and that obviously alters the outlook on the second half of the season substantially. All we can do is hope for the best, but this is not the kind of setback that this program is built to endure.

It was encouraging that the Wolfpack rallied around Leary yesterday and beat the Blue Devils despite losing him—we’re going to need a whole lot more of that energy.