Projected starting defensive tackle Jamal Bruce had foot surgery Tuesday to repair a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot and is out indefinitely, Duke announced Wednesday.
Bruce played in all 12 games last year as a reserve, totaling five tackles. He was honored as the program’s most improved defensive player following spring practice.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed with this setback for Jamal,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement. “He showed improvement and productivity during spring practice, and his presence on the interior of our line will be temporarily missed.”
This is exactly the kind of headline Duke wanted to avoid this summer. Injuries have been a major problem for the Blue Devils, particularly on defense, and the lineup simply can't afford any more. The program doesn't have enough depth yet. The sooner Bruce can get back on the field, the better for Duke's defense.