The Closest Thing You Will Get to an Injury Report This Week

Giovani Bernard #26 of the North Carolina Tar Heels breaks away from Miles Williams #2 of the Elon Phoenix to score a touchdown. Bernard later left the game with an injured knee.

By now, you know that UNC coach Larry Fedora believes sharing injury information with the public is unnecessary to the point he refuses to do so. With this week's game vs Louisville being a non-conference tilt that means there will be no official injury report as required by the ACC. Not that it would be all that helpful since Fedora chose to not even list Gio Bernard as "doubtful" for Wake Forest even though he was.

At any rate, the best anyone will get this week is a report from Harold Gutmann at the Durham Herald-Sun who observed the open portion of practice on Tuesday noting the varying levels of participation for certain players.

According to Gutmann, Bernard fully participated in practice which was not the case prior to the Wake Forest game. Bernard has fitted with brace on his left knee. In addition to Bernard, there were other Tar Heels dealing with injures.

Senior wide receiver Jheranie Boyd, who left the Wake Forest game midway through the fourth quarter, was riding on an exercise bike on the sideline Tuesday with a soft cast on his right foot. Senior right guard Travis Bond also did not dress, while sophomore wide receiver Sean Tapley was wearing a limited-contact jersey.

Two injured wideouts is not a good development for a team already struggling with quality depth at those positions. Bond's injury hurts the offensive line which has played well through two games. All eyes, naturally, will be on Bernard whose lack of participation in practice a week ago wasn't discussed much since everyone assumed his status would be covered on the injury report. Now that the media has figured out how Fedora works, expect more "unofficial" injury reports coming from these open-to-the-media portions of UNC's practice.

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