D.J. Coles Injury: Virginia Tech Receiver to Miss Rest of Season

Justin CatesCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 03: D.J. Coles #18 of the Virginia Tech Hokies makes a touchdown catch  during the ACC Championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Bank of America Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Virginia Tech head athletic trainer Mike Goforth announced Thursday that senior wide receiver D.J. Coles will miss the remainder of the season following an knee injury in the opening victory over Georgia Tech, according to the Washington Post.

Coles will undergo an MRI on the same knee that was recovering from offseason PCL surgery. He will be eligible to apply for a medical hardship waiver which, if granted, will allow him to return for a fifth season similar to fellow receiver Dyrell Roberts.

UPDATE: Wednesday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m. EST

Washington Post's Mark Giannotto has the latest on Coles:

#Hokies trainer Mike Goforth says WR DJ Coles out 2-4 months. MRI showed no structural damage to knee, but did have "significant contusion."

— Hokies Journal (@HokiesJournal) September 12, 2012

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The Hokies had several other receivers step up in Coles' absence.

Marcus Davis and Corey Fuller each had 82 yards receiving, and redshirt freshman Demitri Knowles had his first career catch on a beautiful 42-yard touchdown pass from Logan Thomas.

Tech returns to action Saturday in Blacksburg against Austin Peay at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN3.