Virginia junior tight end Zach Swanson won't be on the field for Saturday's ACC opener at Pittsburgh. But according to coach Mike London, the news on Swanson's injured left knee could have been worse.
"Zach is probably not gonna play. But thank goodness, what could have happened did not happen," London said Thursday afternoon, before the release of the Cavaliers' official injury report for Saturday's game.
Swanson hurt his knee in the third quarter of last weekend's 49-0 win against VMI. He had an MRI on the injured knee on Sunday, and London said Monday that Swanson was wearing a knee brace at the Cavaliers' Sunday walk-through.
"We're anxious about his recovery now, and he should be back with us within a couple weeks or so," London said Thursday. "But the thing that could have happened on that didn't happen, we feel very fortunate about that, and now we've got to get him back to 100 percent."
Swanson was one of three players listed as out for Saturday's game, along with offensive linemen Conner Davis and Jack McDonald. Davis started the Cavaliers' first two games at right guard, but missed the VMI game last week. McDonald, a true freshman, has yet to appear in a game this season.
Running back Taquan Mizzell was listed as questionable, while fellow tailback and wide receiver Miles Gooch were both listed as probable.
Shepherd and Mizzell both missed the VMI game last weekend, opening the door for freshman walk-on Daniel Hamm to rush for 136 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut.
London said Thursday that getting Hamm more carries was in the gameplan for Pitt.
"We'll find ways to get our talent players opportunities to help us win," he said. "Daniel, when called upon, we talked about the "next man up" mentality. When he was called upon he did was he was supposed to do."
"And now, we're starting to get some of the players back here," London said. "Khalek should play Saturday. We'll see what happens to Taquan Mizzell. But Daniel's done a nice job, and he'll play in this game as well, because he's earned the time."