BOSTON (AP) – Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan practiced on Wednesday, but whether his injured left foot is healed enough for him to play Saturday when the No. 22 Eagles visit Florida State is still uncertain.

Ryan, who sprained his left ankle in the season opener at Central Michigan and hasn’t been at full strength all year, hurt another part of the foot in a 22-3 win over then-No. 22 Virginia Tech on Oct. 12.

He played the entire game but was on crutches afterward and in days following. He was in a cast Wednesday, hours before practice.

If Ryan can’t play Saturday, Chris Crane will start for the Eagles (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) in their second trip to Tallahassee and their first as a member of the ACC.

BC coach Tom O’Brien said whether Ryan plays will be a game-time decision.

Ryan worked out lightly Wednesday, while Crane worked with the first offensive unit.

“I don’t think you can play without practicing,” Ryan said. “That’s something Coach O’Brien has said in the past.”

Ryan, who played Sept. 9 against Clemson game despite being questionable all week, has been hobbled ever since.

“If we’re fortunate enough to go to a bowl game, it’s probably going to heal up some time in January,” O’Brien said of Ryan’s foot.

Ryan is the league leader in passing yardage at 233.2 per game. “I hope that I’ll be able to go, but, ultimately, that’s their decision,” he said.

“If I’m not able to go, (Crane’s) going to be right there.”

Kicker Ryan Ohliger also returned to practice Wednesday after being suspended for the Virginia Tech game for a violation of team rules, reportedly stemming from an altercation outside an area bar.

Ohliger was originally suspended “indefinitely,” but was reinstated by O’Brien on Tuesday.

Walk-on kicker Steve Aponavicius kicked two field goals and two extra points against the Hokies in the first football game of his life and was named ACC Rookie of the Week.

Ohliger, who missed four field goals and three extra points in the first four games, will handle kickoffs against the Seminoles (4-2, 2-2), while Aponavicius kicks extra points and field goals.

Ohliger said his return consisted of few words from O’Brien. “He brought me in the office yesterday at 2 and told me you’re reinstated,” he said. “It was real short and brief and I just thanked him for letting me back on the team. That was it.”

Ohliger, who turns 21 on Oct. 31, said he has vowed “not to put myself in a position around drunk college kids just looking to stir something up.”

He said he pulled for Aponavicius against Virginia Tech. “I’m Steve’s biggest fan,” he said.


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