ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 24: Eric Ebron #85 of the North Carolina Tar Heels runs with a catch against Julian Burnett #40 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Field on September 24, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Georgia Tech could lose perhaps its best linebacker, as Julian Burnett's Sun Bowl injury continues to threaten his football career.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets could be without one of their best defenders for spring football, the 2012 season and beyond. Linebacker Julian Burnett, a senior, suffered some sort of injury back during the Sun Bowl. It's gone mostly unmentioned since then, but after Monday's opening spring practice, coach Paul Johnson said, "he's probably not going to play."
Burnett was second-team All-ACC last year, leading Georgia Tech in tackles in 2010 and 2011. He and Jeremiah Attaochu made for a strong returning crop of linebackers. He put up 9.5 tackles for loss last year and ranked third in the ACC in tackles, with 120.
In January, Johnson would only say that the mysterious injury wasn't a concussion, but hinted that Burnett's career could be in jeopardy. Now it's appearing it was a neck injury.
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