Virginia Tech trainer Mike Goforth told Frank Beamer‘s website that Miller will undergo surgery and will have a 4-5 month recovery timetable.
“We’re expecting good things out of it,” Goforth said. “We just hate it for him.”
Miller, the only returning starter from last year’s line who has 21 career starts to his credit, stayed down at the end of a J.C. Coleman run at the 11:24 mark of the third quarter. Trainers came out and helped him off the field. He didn’t put any weight on his left foot.
The team announced Miller would not return late in the game because of a fractured ankle but didn’t give a full report on his status until re-evaluating him Sunday.
Michael Via slid over from left guard to play center with Caleb Farris out because of an ankle injury. Matt Arkema came in at left guard to form an interior trio of him, Via and Brent Benedict at right guard.
Goforth told Beamer’s site that he still thinks Farris is a few weeks away from being ready. He doesn’t expect the sophomore to be ready in time for Clemson next Saturday.
The Hokies are thin at center and guard. In addition to Farris being out, starting left guard David Wang did not dress because of an ankle/knee injury. Laurence Gibson, who moved back to guard from tackle after switching positions earlier this season, is the only other option on the interior line who has gotten serious reps.