Two Possible Redshirts for the Orange

Devante McFarlane

Syracuse freshmen Devante McFarlane and Ben Lewis have not seen any action for the Orange so far in 2012. While it had been assumed both would redshirt their first year at Syracuse, it became official on Thursday.

Newcomers, wide receiver Ben Lewis and running back DeVante McFarlane will be deactivated for the second half of the current Syracuse Orange football season.

Both Lewis and McFarlane have been sidelined as a result of what is being called "upper body injuries" from the Syracuse University Athletic Department.

Lewis and McFarlane will each undergo surgery to help repair their injuries. Team Physician Irving Raphael is slated to do both surgeries, according to the school's athletic department. McFarlane will have his surgery first on October 18th, followed by Lewis on October 19th, as stated by Syracuse University.

The length of rehabilitation after their surgeries is still an unknown.

But there is something positive to take from the current situations of Lewis and McFarlane. They both have not yet been utilized and will not be throughout the rest of the season, meaning that they both can and will, most likely, be redshirted. The redshirt, if put in effect, will give Lewis and McFarlane all four years of eligibility, despite joining the team this season.

Those Orange in action will be on the field soon enough when they play host to the Huskies of UConn on Friday, October 19th at 8pm Eastern in the Carrier Dome.

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