Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse football quarterback Eric Dungey is unlikely to play against No. 20 Florida State next Saturday, SU head coach Dino Babers said.

“Based off the traditions, I would imagine that it’s probably doubtful,” Babers said after SU’s 35-20 loss to North Carolina State on Saturday. “But again, it’s a medical decision.”

Dungey, a sophomore, was sandwiched by two linebackers in the head/shoulder area during the first quarter of SU’s 54-0 loss to No. 3 Clemson last weekend. He participated in practice this week, but did not play against the Wolfpack and has not been fully cleared by the medical staff.

Babers, who has repeatedly declined to specify the injury, waited until 50 minutes before kickoff this Saturday to announce that Dungey was unavailable.

Before that, the signal caller played catch with the other quarterbacks and offensive skill-position players. He caught a hard 15-yard pass from Austin Wilson with one hand, turned on the spot and fired it back.

Dungey, who missed four games due to two concussions last season, has not been made available to the media since the injury.

“We are going to be very, very cautious,” Babers said. “That’s good for him.”

Junior Zack Mahoney started in Dungey’s place against NC State, completing 13-of-24 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

He connected with redshirt senior wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo on an 81-yard scoring strike early in the third quarter and nearly had another long touchdown, but a chop block negated the deep ball to Alvin Cornelius.

A score would’ve tied the game about five minutes into the fourth quarter.

SU struggled to run the ball without Dungey, whose rushing yards gained total was higher than any of the team’s running backs entering the game. NC State compounded the issue by bringing pressure

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