Bruce Carter, Alan Pelc have surgery

Updated: December 14, 2010, 1:08 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

North Carolina senior linebacker Bruce Carter and senior offensive guard Alan Pelc both had surgery and will not play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl game against Tennessee, the school announced on Tuesday.

Carter underwent ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning and is expected to return to full participation next fall. Carter originally injured his knee against NC State on Nov. 20.

Pelc had surgery Monday to repair his left shoulder. He will begin rehabilitation immediately.

"Bruce and Alan have meant so much to this program," coach Butch Davis said in a prepared statement. "They have been great kids, great leaders and, most importantly, they will graduate Sunday with a degree from the University of North Carolina.

"Obviously, we are disappointed for them that they will not be able to play in the bowl game. However, our main concern is their health and preparing for the future."

Carter started 43 games, including 10 this season. He was a 2010 finalist for the Butkus Award, which is presented to the nation's top linebacker. Carter blocked seven kicks in his career and scored twice on interception returns.

Pelc started 34 games in his career, including 11 this season. He graded out over 75 percent in 2010 while playing offensive guard and center.

Heather Dinich covers the ACC for ESPN.com.