The starting mike linebacker injured his shoulder and had an MRI Thursday.
Gibson will have surgery on his fractured shoulder and will likely return in 6-8 months, according to a release from the athletics department.
An injury to Virginia Tech LB Lyndell Gibson could mean more playing time for Tariq Edwards in the Orange Bowl.
The Hokies will likely be without senior CB Rashad Carmichael against UVa. Look for Jayron Hosley to move to Carmichael's boundary corner spot and freshman Kyle Fuller to play field corner.
The Hokies will be without their best kick returner and one of their best pass rushers when they take on North Carolina this weekend in Chapel Hill.
The Hokies have suffered their first key injury of the preseason, but it will not likely affect their depth chart for the opener.