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No promises, but Exum’s plan is to return this Sat.

Antone Exum AP

After a couple of false starts, it appears Antone Exum‘s long rehab road back to the playing field will end this weekend.  Maybe.

Exum has spent the past eight months recovering from a torn ACL, but was medically cleared late last month.  After initial signs pointed to him returning for the Oct. 5 game against North Carolina, Exum decided to give himself another week to heal.  That week bled into the next game against Pittsburgh.

Coming off a bye, the cornerback said Tuesday he intends to play against Duke Saturday, although the senior won’t etch it in stone.

“That’s the plan,” Exum said by way of The Virginian-Pilot. “That’s what I’m preparing for and all that. I’m not going to give a clear answer until I’m actually out there, because we know how that’s gone in the past. But that’s the plan for me to play this weekend. I’m prepared to be the starting corner come Saturday.”

Exum tore his ACL playing a game of pickup basketball in January.

A return could be very fortuitous for the Hokies’ secondary as Exum’s replacement, Brandon Facyson. suffered a concussion in Sunday’s practice and his status for the Duke game likely won’t be known until later on in the week.  Facyson’s four interceptions are tied for fifth nationally, while his .6 picks per game is tied for sixth.

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