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Injuries are piling up in NC State’s secondary again

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Really, universe? You’re doing this again to us? What, last season wasn’t ridiculous enough, there’s gotta be more? Amazing how a rash of injuries can target the weakest spots on the roster, ain’t it.

NC State’s secondary figured to be a liability even when fully healthy, but “fully healthy” flew out the window in a hurry. Cornerback Teshaun Smith is out for the season with a shoulder injury; safety Tanner Ingle missed the Virginia Tech game and his status remains in question for Pitt; safety Rakeim Ashford got banged up against the Hokies, making him a question mark; and safety Khalid Martin suffered that scary injury on a collision during the second half on Saturday.

And of course there’s Chris Ingram, who is still working his way back from an injury suffered last season and has yet to play a snap in 2020. None of this is ideal!

Dave Doeren said he’s “hopeful” that Ingle will be ready to go for Pitt, while Ashford is day-to-day with a lingering shoulder problem. Doeren said that if State had to play Monday, Ashford wouldn’t have been able to go. So we’ll see how the week progresses, but this has quickly developed into another potential disaster situation.