Paul Chryst provided an injury update following Wednesday's practice, and a previously listed "upper-body injury" to Sophomore Offensive Tackle Tom Ricketts was presented with some more detail. It looks as if Ricketts will miss the entire 2012 season. More details after the jump.
Paul Chryst announced after Wednesday’s practice that sophomore offensive tackle Tom Ricketts will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder this week. Ricketts sustained the injury on the opening day of camp in a non-contact drill.
Ricketts sat out last year under NCAA eligibility guidelines after transferring from Penn State. While not a projected starter, and considered somewhat of a project, this hurts the already thin depth of the offensive line. That same depth already took a hit recently with the season-long suspension of Juantez Hollins.
On the plus side, it appears as if Matt Rotheram is ready for the upcoming season after an ankle fracture ended 2011 for him:
“I feel like my strength is at 100 percent,” Rotheram said this week. “Working through rehab was a long process but now I can’t tell the difference between my two ankles.”
Pitt is going to need Rotheram to be ready, or they may be taking out want-ads for offensive lineman in the papers soon.