Pitt won last week’s game against Clemson but the game was not without its casualties for the Panthers. Heading into the Duke game, Pitt continues to be a very banged up team.
In addition to the usual suspects that have been out all or most of the year (i.e. Challingsworth, Grimm, Zeise, etc.), the Panthers have a bunch of stuff on the injury front for this weekend.
Out is running back Chawntez Moss, cornerback Phillipie Motley, wideout Tre Tipton, and, as we mentioned earlier this week, safety Jordan Whitehead, who is done for the regular season at least. That secondary without Whitehead will be ... interesting. Immediately after he exited the Clemson game with his arm injury, the Tigers went deep and, if I recall correctly, connected on a touchdown.
Doubtful are defensive tackles Tyrique Jarrett and Amir Watts, who had stepped in to fill some time off the bench. That’s not all there, either. Fellow defensive tackle Shakir Soto did play against Clemson, but he isn’t exactly healthy, either, as he acknowledged after the game.
The injury bug has been particularly difficult for Pitt this year. All teams have injuries but when you look at the number of starters and key players the team has lost, it’s made things even more difficult. Frankly, the 6-4 record with all of the guys down they’ve had is an incredible testament to how well they’ve gotten by.