Crawford Probable For WVU
Rover "playing game by game"
November 12, 2002

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech rover Michael Crawford underwent an open biopsy Monday at Montgomery Regional Hospital to test for possible lymphoma. While the results won't be back until late this week, Crawford is being listed as probable for Tech's Nov. 20 game against West Virginia.

"The doctors made the incision small enough to where if it healed in time, Michael could play against West Virginia," said head trainer Mike Goforth. "If the sutures heal in time, and Mike feels well enough, he will play. Right now, he's playing game to game and we'll determine each week whether he plays or not."

Tech practices Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday's game. Goforth said he expects the wound to heal "in about eight days" and that Crawford will practice, but will be withheld from contact.

"Right now, Mike isn't undergoing any treatment, so he can play if the wound is healed," Goforth said. "Once we get the results back, we'll determine the method of treatment we'll take and go from there. Even after he gets his first round of treatment, he could play, depending on how he feels. It may not hit him until the second round of treatment. So right now, we're going week by week and game by game to determine his status."

Crawford is being tested for lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. He underwent a needle biopsy prior to the Pittsburgh game and went back to his hometown of Baltimore for further tests last week. Both tests revealed the suspicion of lymphoma, thus forcing the open biopsy to give the doctors a definitive answer.

Senior Billy Hardee will likely get the start against the Mountaineers, but Crawford should see extensive playing time.

In other injury news, linebacker Vegas Robinson (left ankle) has been upgraded to probable, as has tailback Kevin Jones (left hamstring). Robinson has missed the last three games and Jones missed the Syracuse game. Receiver Justin Hamilton (left ankle) is also probable after missing the Syracuse game. Defensive back DeAngelo Hall is still listed as questionable for the WVU game. The sophomore missed the Syracuse game with low back pain.