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After starting left guard Lucas Patrick and starting defensive end Dezmond Johnson had been helped off the field and shared a cart ride to the locker room, both of their playing futures looked bleak. But by Tuesday, coach David Cutcliffe was optimistic that neither leg injury was as serious as they first seemed.

The Charlotte 49ers’ already banged-up linebacker corps got another dose of bad news this week: senior Caleb Clayton-Molby is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

After a one-sided loss and a blowout victory, Appalachian State has begun preparation for what likely will be closer games ahead.

Thorpe said the doctor told him he’d break his foot at least three more times but, for now, Thorpe said he plans to play against East Carolina.

In two-plus seasons at North Carolina, Larry Fedora has won 18 games but few stand out in reflection. Over the next four games, starting Saturday at East Carolina, Fedora and the Tar Heels have a chance to make their mark.

A year after enduring a 55-31 defeat against the Pirates in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels are giving ECU their full attention.

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