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UVA's Mikell Simpson Out for the Year

Nov 2, 2008 – 11:02 AM
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Ian Cohen

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You know, I was discussing with my brother how the Phillies winning the World Series would probably result in some sort of karmic backlash where every other Philadelphia squad would be allowed to suck for the next five years because the fans might actually be OK with that. You know, so they don't end up being like the Boston fans we've all come to despise -- equal measures of perceived persecution and entitlement.

What I didn't know is that it would extend to other facets of my rooting interests. As if Virginia giving Miami an early Christmas (or belated one vis a vis a trip to the ACC championship/Orange Bowl) wasn't bad enough, Matt Stafford gave all those Lions/Chiefs fans out there an awesome preview of what to expect from dude when the chips are down. But I digress.

Back to Virginia, it looks like Mikell Simpson, arguably the guy who saved the 2007 season, will be out for the rest of the year after suffering a shoulder injury at the end of the third quarter. On the one hand, Simpson has rarely found the form he showed in 2007- he often looks hesitant at the line and has not been as much of a factor in the passing game. Moreover, Cedric Peerman has been getting the majority of the carries (Simpson was forced into service after Peerman suffered a season-ender), but he's also injury-prone. With the possible exception of 2006, Virginia has tended to find someone who can fill a tailback void in a pinch, so Raynard Horne gets the next man up nod in the event that God forsakes Soul Brother Peerman.
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