UPDATE: Duke has confirmed what many had feared; Kelby Brown has suffered his third ACL injury as a Blue Devil. Brown is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.
#Duke All-ACC LB Kelby Brown will miss the 2014 season after tearing left ACL last night. Brown had 114 tackles, 11.0 TFL & 2 INTs in 2013.— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) August 12, 2014
Duke linebacker Kelby Brown was carted off from the team's first scrimmage of the preseason on Monday after suffering a left knee injury.
Brown was an All-ACC pick in 2013, his first season of full health after undergoing two ACL surgeries on his right knee. Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe told reporters Brown will undergo an MRI exam on Monday night to determine the extent of the injury.
“When you have a great person, a great player and a guy that's a stalwart in the program that's had two knee surgeries, it's upsetting to say the least,” Cutcliffe said via the News & Observer. “Kelby is a very strong spiritual person, too, so he'll be fine.”
Brown recorded 114 tackles in 2013, trailing only teammates David Helton and Jeremy Cash in the ACC rankings, and was named the CBSSports.com Defensive Player of the Week for his 14-tackle, one interception performance in a win against Virginia Tech.
Brown's potential absence could be a huge setback for Duke's defense. According to the Laura Keeley, of the News & Observer, junior Deion Williams took Brown's spot in the scrimmage after the injury.