ATLANTA - The preseason has been tough on Nate Curry.
The Georgia Tech wide receiver has been sidelined by a knee injury for the second straight summer. A year after tearing the ACL in his left knee last August and missing all of the 2001 season, Curry sustained a different injury in the same knee and will be out indefinitely.
Curry, a sophomore from Miami who caught 22 passes in 2000, injured his kneecap walking up a flight of stairs, according to first-year Tech coach Chan Gailey.
"He had a new injury during the summer that set him back. It's to the same knee, but it's a different part of it so he'll be out the first part of the year. How long, we don't know right now," Gailey said Tuesday, reporting day for the Yellow Jackets' upperclassmen.
Gailey did not know the extent of the injury and Jay Shoop, Tech's director of sports medicine, did not return a phone message.
Curry was limited to only non-contact drills during spring practice, but was expected to see action in Tech's four- and five-receiver sets.
"Things were going so well. He's worked hard this summer to get it back," said Gailey, adding that he expects Curry to miss "most, if not all" of the two-a-day practices that begin Thursday.
The Jackets have a deep and talented receiving corps, returning three of their top four pass-catchers from last season in junior Jonathan Smith and seniors Will Glover and Kerry Watkins. Gailey said converted quarterback Mark Logan and sophomore Levon Thomas, who missed the last half of last season with a shoulder injury, would get the first crack at the No. 4 receiver spot.
Curry is the second Tech player to injure his knee this the summer. Freshman Eddie Lee Ivery Jr., son of the former Jackets rushing great, is set for surgery this week to repair his torn ACL.
Besides offensive tackle Jeremy Phillips, who is still recovering from a knee injury sustained a year and a half ago, Gailey said the rest of the injured players from spring practice are set to go. Linebacker Ather Brown (foot) and tailbacks Jermaine Hatch (knee), Sidney Ford (ribs) and Jimmy Dixon (foot) all have been cleared to practice.