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Two broken bones in leg will sideline Virginia DE

Erik Highsmith, Bill Schautz AP

With Virginia on the verge of an improbable berth in the ACC title game, the Cavaliers’ depth along the defensive line has taken a significant hit.

During the fourth quarter of UVA’s wild win over Florida State, defensive end Bill Schautz went down with what appeared to be a serious injury to his left leg.  That initial Holiday Inn Express diagnosis was indeed correct, with the school confirming Sunday that Schautz broke the tibia and fibula in his left leg.

Surgery that included having a rod inserted into the limb was performed yesterday morning.  Schautz’s 2011 season, including any postseason games, is over.

“Knowing Billy, he’ll probably want to be back by the bowl game or something like that,” head coach Mike London said. “But that’s not going to happen.”

Schautz has played in all 11 games this season, starting one of those contests.  The redshirt junior is tied for second on the team with two sacks and tied for fourth with 6.5 tackles for loss.

With a win over in-state rival Virginia Tech on Saturday, UVA would claim the ACC Coastal crown and play Clemson in the conference championship game the following weekend.

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