Renner dislocated his shoulder when he was hit by NC State's Monty Nelson on a scramble in the third quarter of Saturday's game against the Wolfpack. Renner grabbed his shoulder and was helped to the sidelines where trainers slid the shoulder back in place.
Renner returned for one play in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 124 yards and one interception on 15-of-22 passing in the Tar Heels' 27-19 win. But Renner told reporters after the game that the injury was different from a previous shoulder dislocation he suffered in high school.
“It doesn’t feel too good at first when it’s kind of hanging out,” Renner said. “I can’t explain it. Once it gets back in, it feels a lot better...
“I thought it kind of just slid out of place like it has before, but it was kind of hanging after.”
According to the report, further testing revealed Renner's shoulder had suffered more significant injury.
Redshirt sophomore Marquise Williams is UNC's likely starter at quarterback in Renner's absence. Williams is 40-of-66 for 537 passing yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions this season alongside 221 rushing yards on 50 carries.
Renner will finish the 2013 season 152-of-231 for 1,765 yards, 10 touchdowns and five picks. He caps his Tar Heel career with 8,221 passing yards -- 20th in ACC history -- and he ranks third in passing yards, second in passing touchdowns (64), third in completions (668) and first in completion percentage (66.5) in the North Carolina record books.ELLIS: Video: Kentucky wide receiver Montgomery tears ACL celebrating touchdown