Virginia Tech defensive end Pheldarius Payne will likely miss the 2022 season with an achilles injury he suffered in June.

Tech coach Brent Pry said at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte that it was a non-contact injury, and that it would be “tough” for him to make it back before the end of the season.

Pry wouldn’t rush him back to play a couple games since Payne could redshirt and retain a year of eligibility. Payne, who started his career at Lackawanna Community College, transferred to Tech in May after two years at Nebraska.

“I doubt that we would burn a couple games if he had a chance (to come back in 2023),” Pry said.

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