All week, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi was mum on the status of two key injuries heading into yesterday’s game. Missing in action were defensive end Dewayne Hendrix and linebacker Elijah Zeise, who suffered injuries in the opener against Villanova.
Richie Walsh of KDKA first reported that Hendrix could possibly have a broken foot and after the Penn State game, Narduzzi stated that both Hendrix and Zeise were out for the season. Hendrix has a foot injury while Zeise has on to an ankle.
Narduzzi was doing his best to smokescreen that stuff all week long. At one point, he even declared that he expected Hendrix to play, which was hard to believe given the news out there.
Both losses are tough ones to take. Hendrix was the starter at defensive end and Zeise, while being listed as second on the depth chart, got the start against Villanova. Rori Blair and Oluwaseun Idowu were the starters in their absence and both were active on Saturday against Penn State. Idowu racked up six tackles and Blair added a sack.
Even despite those guys playing well, the hit to the depth chart is an obvious one.