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N.C. State Tailback Breaks Wrist

September 30, 2002

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ North Carolina State tailback T.A. McLendon has a broken bone in his right wrist but is expected to play in Saturday’s game against North Carolina.

McLendon has 421 yards rushing and has scored 10 touchdowns, tied for second in Division I-A.

He was injured during the second quarter of Wolfpack’s 56-24 victory over Massachusetts last Saturday. X-rays were negative, but an MRI exam revealed the fracture.

``It was sore during the game, but we taped it up and he played with it,″ coach Chuck Amato said. He said McLendon’s arm had swelled up by Sunday.

McLendon finished with 117 yards and two touchdowns in the victory, as the Wolfpack improved to 6-0 for their best start since 1991, when they also won their first six games before losing to Clemson. N.C. State moved up one spot in the AP poll, to 16th.

McLendon has been playing with pain since the first practice. He injured his right shoulder in a collision with a defensive back, and during another workout he slightly separated his left shoulder.

Amato said McLendon would be listed as probable for the game against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. McLendon probably will be fitted with a soft cast, Amato said.

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