The Duke Blue Devils received some good news on the injury front this week, as safety Dwayne Norman has returned to practice. From The Herald-Sun:
Cutcliffe did say that sophomore safety Dwayne Norman, who isn’t listed on the depth chart, has seen improvement in his sprained knee ligament enough that he was able to practice on Tuesday.
“We’re going to get him available,” Cutcliffe said.
Norman started six of Duke’s first seven games before injuring his knee at Virginia on Oct. 19
While we likely won’t know how available Norman will be until the end of the week (possibly even the hours leading up to the game), it is a promising sign for a Duke secondary that we’ve seen drop like flies on numerous occasions throughout the season. During their 35-22 win over Virginia, Jeremy Cash, Deondre Singleton, and Norman all went down with injuries at various points, with only Norman missing extended time.
This would be the ideal week for Norman to return, as the Blue Devils are currently unsure if starting cornerback Ross Cockrell will be able to play in Saturday’s game against North Carolina State:
Cutcliffe said Ross Cockrell has practiced the past few days, but still evaluating “effectiveness” at this time. Gameday decision.
— ESPN ACC (@ESPN_ACC) November 6, 2013
In six games this year, Norman has 33 tackles (23 solo), 1 TFL, and a forced fumble in 6 games.