Hall has bruised knee, questionable for Orange Bowl

Updated: January 2, 2008, 4:56 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Virginia Tech starting senior linebacker Vince Hall is questionable for Thursday's FedEx Orange Bowl against Kansas with a bruised left knee he injured Sunday at the team beach party.

Virginia Tech athletics spokesman Bryan Johnston said Hall was in the water when the injury occurred. Although Hall rode a personal watercraft at the party, he wasn't injured while riding it, Johnston said.

Backup linebacker Brett Warren will start in place of Hall if needed.

"I think it will be a game-time decision between the doctors to see if he can play," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said at a Wednesday morning news conference. "It's tender right now. So I'm not sure what's going to happen there. We'll have Warren taking his place, and of course he was hurt three or four games through the year, and Brett came in and did a good job, so we've got a lot of confidence in him."

Warren, who started four games in place of Hall earlier this season when Hall had a broken bone in his left wrist, has 43 tackles, including 3½ sacks.

Despite missing a third of the season, Hall is still second on the team with 92 tackles. He's just four shy of 400 for his career.

Beamer said Hall's injury was an accident and added that he won't hesitate to allow his players to participate in future bowl activities.

"I think the kids enjoy themselves," Beamer said. "It was just something that happened."

Heather Dinich is a college football writer for ESPN.com.

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