Early in the first quarter, UNC Football standout defensive back Tony Grimes was injured and had to leave the game.
UNC Football junior defensive back Tony Grimes had to leave the game tonight after a scary tackle early in the first quarter versus Florida A&M. The report from the field is that the injury is being called an “upper-body injury.”
Grimes made a tackle versus the Rattlers and immediately went down on the field. There was a delay in the game as the training staff attended to Grimes. He was able to leave the field under his own power. After an extended visit to the medical tent, he went to the locker room for further tests.
Grimes is a 6-foot junior from Virginia Beach. He started all 13 games last season and is expected to have a big season again in the Tar Heel secondary. He was All-ACC Honorable Mention last season.
Hopefully, it is nothing serious and Grimes can return to the Tar Heel lineup for the game versus Appalachian State on September 3rd. It has been reported that he will not return to this game versus Florida A&M. The Tar Heels are already without junior Ja’Qurious Conley as he continues to make his way back from tearing his ACL last season.
Dontae Balfour took over for Grimes in the game. Balfour is a redshirt freshman from Starke, Florida. He appeared in two games last season at defensive back and on special teams. The other starting defensive back is Storm Duck.
The Keeping It Heel team will continue to provide updates on Grimes’ injury status.