"He has been through this before on his other knee. He is very upbeat," head coach Dave Doeren said at his weekly news conference.
I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes. Nothing hurts me more than to know that I can’t be out there with my brothers but I know they are going to hold it down out there. My story is far from over and my comeback is just beginning. I’ll see y’all in 2020. pic.twitter.com/J15bOPTavK— CJ Riley (@CJ_Riley19) September 2, 2019
It's the second significant knee injury for Riley, who suffered a right ACL tear in 2016. The loss is a big one for the Wolfpack as they were counting on Riley to be a big part of the passing game. Riley confirmed just a few weeks ago that he remains the fastest player on the roster (4.39 40-yard dash).
Doeren expects all of his remaining receives to "step up."
That includes redshirt freshman Devin Carter.
The Clayton native, who is 6-4 and 212 pounds, had one catch for 12 yards in the opener. Doeren said he believes Carter is ready for a bigger role.
"He has a big body. He's strong," Doeren said. "He has been in that room with those guys and understands by watching last year's crew and now what's expected. He has a really good ability and size."
Carter will have his shot Saturday when the Wolfpack hosts Western Carolina.