Duke TE Braxton Deaver (ACL) out for 2014 season

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Redshirt senior Braxton Deaver had 116 yards receiving against Texas A&M in 2013. (USATSI)
Redshirt senior Braxton Deaver had 116 yards receiving against Texas A&M in 2013. (USATSI)

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Duke lost another key contributor for 2014 on Monday after redshirt senior tight end Braxton Deaver suffered an ACL tear in his right knee.

The school announced that Deaver, expected to be one of the better tight ends in the ACC this season, will undergo season-ending surgery to repair the damage.

“This certainly seems redundant after Kelby's injury last week, but again our thoughts and prayers lie with Braxton and his family with this news,” David Cutcliffe said in a statement released by the school. “While we'll miss his presence on the field, the priorities with Braxton right now shift to his health and spirit. We do know that Braxton will continue to be a valued member of our program going forward.”

Deaver already missed the entire 2012 season due to medical issues, which included two surgeries on his left knee.

Deaver was a third team All-ACC pick in 2013 after hauling in 46 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns on the season. His 116 yard performance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M left many expecting him to be a key piece of the Duke offense in 2014.

As Cutcliffe noted above, Deaver's injury stings even more as it follows the loss of All-ACC linebacker Kelby Brown.

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