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Duke TE Braxton Deaver to miss season with torn ACL

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Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Duke Blue Devils tight end Braxton Deaver (89) runs with the ball after a catch chased by Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Howard Matthews (31) during the first quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

Major injuries continue to hit Duke as the team announced Monday that starting tight end Braxton Deaver would miss the season after tearing his right ACL during Monday morning’s practice.

Deaver is the second Duke player to miss the season because of a torn ACL. All-ACC linebacker Kelby Brown was ruled out with a torn ACL last week.

“This certainly seems redundant after Kelby’s injury last week, but again our thoughts and prayers lie with Braxton and his family with this news,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement. “While we’ll miss his presence on the field, the priorities with Braxton right now shift to his health and spirit. We do know that Braxton will continue to be a valued member of our program going forward.”

Deaver, a redshirt senior, was third team All-ACC last season after finishing 2013 with 46 receptions for 600 yards and four touchdowns. He had six catches for a career-high 116 yards in Duke’s 52-48 loss to No. 20 Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

This is the second time Deaver has battled an ACL tear. He suffered a left ACL tear on Jan. 9, 2012.

For more Duke news, visit DevilsIllustrated.com.

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