No Sirk, no problem for Duke?

DURHAM — Duke will play its 2016 football season without its most-productive offensive player from 2015.

Redshirt senior quarterback Thomas Sirk re-injured the same left Achilles’ tendon he tore last February running in practice on Thursday. Exams Friday showed a partially torn tendon which means Sirk will have surgery that ends his season and, perhaps, his college career.

Last season, Sirk helped Duke compile an 8-5 record, including a 44-41 overtime win over Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl. Sirk shared co-MVP honors at the bowl game after rushing for 155 yards and two touchdowns while also throwing for 163 yards and a touchdown.

Sirk led Duke with 803 rushing yards and eight touchdowns last season. He threw for 2,625 yards and 16 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

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