Thursday, September 17, 2009


No. 24 North Carolina will be without two starters on Saturday when it hosts East Carolina, as both center Lowell Dyer and tight end Zach Pianalto will miss three to four weeks with injuries.

Dywer, who didn't play in last Saturday's win at Connecticut, strained a muscle in his right shoulder during practice last week. Dyer, a fifth-year senior, came to UNC as a walk-on and earned a scholarship prior to the start of the 2008 season. He has started 16 games in his career, and his absence is another blow to an already-thin offensive line. UNC was also without offensive guard Jonathan Cooper (ankle) last weekend. His status hasn't been updated yet.

Pianalto, who was in the midst of a career-best game at UConn before he injured himself in the fourth quarter, dislocated the subtalar joint in his right foot. Pianalto had career highs in receptions (7), and receiving yards (87) against the Huskies, and scored the game-tying touchdown with 2:36 remaining.

Pianalto was celebrating the game tying TD when he was "injured."

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