Posted by Chip Patterson
UPDATE: The school announced Thursday night that Ryan Houston had undergone successful surgery to repair the broken right scapula (shoulder blade) that he injured during the Spring Game. Houston is expected to be out for approximately four months, bringing him back to the field a few weeks before the Tar Heels kick off the 2011 season. Backup running back Hunter Furr saw brief action in 2010, but outside of Houston the Tar Heels lack experience at that position. Gionvanni Bernard, a 5-10 redshirt freshman, is listed behind Furr on the spring depth chart but is expected to have an impact once he finds his way in the rotation.
North Carolina starting running back Ryan Houston has been waiting a long time to make his return to the football field for the Tar Heels. Houston was redshirted last season after missing five games while school officials worked with the NCAA to determine his eligibility. By the time Houston was cleared to play, head coach Butch Davis announced that Houston would redshirt the season to save his final year of eligibility for 2011. Preparing for his final year as the starting running back, Houston encountered yet another unseen obstacle.
School officials confirmed to InsideCarolina.com, North Carolina's Scout affiliate, that Houston broke his shoulder blade during Saturday's spring game and will have surgery on Thursday . There has been no word on how much time Houston will miss, the school plans to make an announcement following the procedure.
Keep it here at the Eye on College Football for more on this story as it develops