At the beginning of the season, I thought the Villanova offensive line was going to be a problem. It was occasionally awful, and never good last season, and its best player, senior center Dan Shirey was going to miss at least the early part of the season with an Achilles tendon injury. There was some talk about bringing him back in the middle of the season, but that would be foolish. Unless the coaches believe this team can make a deep run at the playoffs, doing anything but allowing Shirey's injury to heel and redshirting him would be foolish. For the sake of program stability, that is the right thing to do.
First: What does Shirey have to gain by coming back and playing at less than 100%? The answer to that is little, if anything. Even if he has ambitions of playing in the pros, his best laid plan would be to fully rehabilitate and then show off his ability to NFL scouts next season.
Of course, there are no guarantees that he'll be healthy next season, but the quicker that he tries to come back, the more chance there is for him to re-injure himself. Discretion is key here, folks, and nothing big is going to come out of this season, so it's better to position Villanova to have a dominant offensive line in 2013, than it is to make a decent offensive line slightly better in 2012 by playing someone who had a fairly recent, and very serious injury.