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Pitt linebacker Quintin Wirginis out for season

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Pitt didn't suffer any major injuries in the Youngstown State game but the Panthers still announced a significant loss of a player on Monday.

Head coach Pat Narduzzi announced that the team will be without linebacker Quintin Wirginis for the season due to a non-football injury. As usual, he didn't elaborate much, but the plan is to now redshirt him.

"Quintin Wirginis will be out for the year with a non-football related injury, so after a suspension, we have an injury, so he's a guy that really is lost for the year," Narduzzi said at his weekly press conference. "Disappointing, but something we deal with. That's what we do. And obviously happy with how Saleem (Brightwell) played and led the defense out there Saturday, so we'll continue to go in that manner."

The year got off to a bad start for him when he was suspended along with Jordan Whitehead for the first three games of the year. Now, instead of returning, he'll just sit out the entire season.

Wirginis is a senior and, while not a starter, has been a valuable contributor for the team. He hasn't posted a ton of big numbers, but is a solid reserve for the team. He got onto the field as a true freshman in 2014 playing mostly special teams, blocked a punt in 2015, and last year, had four sacks and a fumble recovery. Wirginis was expected to challenge for a starting spot this year as a senior with Brightwell.

The loss of Wirginis hurts, obviously. Even if he didn't overtake Brightwell as the starter, he was still one of the team's top reserves and, from a depth and experience standpoint, will be missed.

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