Senior Pitt defensive end Rashad Weaver will not play in the team’s season opening game against Austin Peay on Saturday due to COVID-19 precautions, Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned.
Weaver tweeted that he had tested positive in COVID-19 tests administered by the team on Sunday and Thursday and tested negative in a team test administered Wednesday and the ACC test administered on Friday, but said that he’ll miss the game nonetheless.
A redshirt senior, Weaver was Pitt’s expected starter at right defensive end after missing all of the 2019 season with a knee injury. He’ll likely be replaced by a combination of Deslin Alexandre, Habakkuk Baldonado and John Morgan, to go along with fellow starting end Patrick Jones II.
Weaver may not be the only starter missing from Pitt’s lineup when the Panthers face Austin Peay on Saturday afternoon, with a couple of Pitt players nursing injuries as training camp progressed and an uncertain contract tracing situation with Weaver being held out. Stay with PSN for more on this developing story.