Head coach Mack Brown was with the media Monday following the victory to begin the season on Saturday in Kenan Stadium over Florida A&M. Prior to that presser, the university released an update on the status of two important members of this Tar Heel team who were banged up in the midst of the win.
Per the university, the team will be monitoring the statuses of both wide receiver Josh Downs and cornerback Tony Grimes throughout the week and will make decisions on their statuses on Saturday.
Downs appeared to hurt his right knee on his second touchdown reception of the night and according to Inside Carolina’s Adam Smith he had ice on that knee in the postgame. He also reportedly told them postgame that he wasn’t concerned about the injury. "I'm straight. It's just a little bruise." This report today, though, doesn’t inspire nearly as much confidence.
Meanwhile, Grimes left the game on the first play of the Tar Heels second defensive drive on Saturday after taking helmet-to-helmet contact from Terrell Jennings. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game shortly after that with what the team labeled an upper-body injury. With him out of the lineup, the Tar Heels had to turn to redshirt freshman Dontae Balfour, who had some struggles throughout the night as the secondary was picked apart by Vanderbilt transfer Jeremy Moussa.
Both guys being out this weekend would be crucial blows to this team’s chances to win in Boone. The hope is that both of these players can find a way to get back on the field for this weekend, but right now nothing seems to be guaranteed, especially with Grimes.