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Dontez Ford up in air for Pitt-Oklahoma State

The Panthers receiver could miss the team’s next game

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We’re only three games in, but the injuries are starting to pile up for the Pitt football team.

Already down two starters on defense declared out for the year (with a third one expected to be in the mix to start in Damar Hamlin), it’s the offense now taking some bruises. Starting wide receiver Dontez Ford was injured in the Penn State game and is now questionable for the Oklahoma State contest on Saturday.

Pitt wide receiver Dontez Ford’s playing status is “up in the air” after he sustained an injury to his right arm, coach Pat Narduzzi said Monday at his weekly press conference.

While there’s uncertainty in that diagnosis, Narduzzi added that he expects the senior to play Saturday against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.

“We’ll continue to wait and see where we are this week,” Narduzzi said. “He’s a tough kid.”

Ford hasn’t done much this year with only two catches for 14 yards after being the de facto top receiver on the team. But losing him would still hurt a great deal. He’s by far the most experienced receiver and his loss now thrusts another more inexperienced guy into the spotlight.

As is usually the case, Narduzzi didn’t offer many details. That he was in a sling during the Penn State game isn’t all that encouraging. Hopefully, though, he’s ready by the weekend.

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