For the first time this year, Pitt heads into a game missing a player due to injury from a game. Starting center Artie Rowell injured himself in the Panthers' game against Boston College and, as a result, will miss the season with a torn ACL.
Rowell will take a seat and backup Gabe Roberts now appears to be the starter even though Paul Chryst said that he and freshman Alex Officer are up for the job. Roberts got some time against Boston College after Rowell went out, but is still largely untested. Still, he has more experience than Officer and was the first one off the bench when Rowell went down, so it's hard not to see him as the starter on Saturday.
Some good news is that offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings was listed on the two deep this week so he doesn't appear to be out. He also came out of the Boston College game with a stinger in the fourth quarter and didn't return. The Trib says that Paul Chryst called him 'OK.'
The last injury note we covered last week was Tyler Boyd and his dislocated finger. But after playing last week, that hardly seems like much of a concern anymore and isn't really worth monitoring at this point. Hopefully, Pitt can come out of this game without any additional injuries.
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