Duke Blue Devils running back Jela Duncan has a partially torn pectoral muscle and is out indefinitely. Stephen Wiseman of the Durham Herald-Sun reported Duncan’s injury and that backup quarterback Nicodem Pierre would be moving to running back as a result.
It is terrible timing for Duncan, who was set to rejoin the team after being suspended all of last year for academic reasons. In his absence, Shaquille Powell led the team with 618 rushing yards and two touchdowns, with Shaun Wilson chipping in 598 yards and five touchdowns. Both players are on the team this year, so Duncan could have struggled for playing time even if healthy.
Duncan rushed for 1,115 yards and seven touchdowns in his first two years with the team, and this latest setback leaves his future cloudy. Even if he does return, it will likely be in a limited role given how well Powell and Wilson did in his absence in 2014.
Just the same, Campus Sports will update Duncan’s recovery as any new information becomes available.
Duke opens the season on the road against the AAC’s Tulane Green Wave on September 3.
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