Pitt safety Damar Hamlin has been removed from the roster of the 2019 East-West Shrine Bowl.
Hamlin, who finished his senior season at Pitt in the Quick Lane Bowl in December, was expected to play in the collegiate all-star game this Saturday in preparation for his NFL career.
But Hamlin has simultaneously petitioned the NCAA for a fifth season of eligibility. Hamlin played just three games as a freshman in 2016 while battling injuries. Because he appeared in the second half of the season, that counted towards his four years of eligibility under the NCAA rules at the time.
Those rules have since been changed to permit players to play in up to four games at any point in the season.
A successful waiver request could explain Hamlin’s removed from the Shrine-Game roster, though playing in the game would not threaten his eligibility on its own.
Hamlin and the Shrine Bowl did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the issue.
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