Seven Pitt players will not be in attendance for the team’s home opener on Saturday against Austin Peay due to COVID-19 protocols, the team announced.
Pitt is not announcing the identities of the players. Starting defensive end Rashad Weaver announced that he had received a two positive tests out of four this week and is not playing. Fellow defensive line starter Keyshon Camp was not in attendance for warmups before the game. The rest of Pitt’s two-deep appeared to be dressed as usual.
A number of other Pitt players are not dressed to play, but are in attendance, including cornerback Damarri Mathis, who is out for the year with an upper-body injury, starting tight end Lucas Krull (undisclosed), wide receiver Taysir Mack (undisclosed), wide receiver Will Gipson (undisclosed), outside linebacker Leslie Smith (lower body), offensive lineman Michael Statham (undisclosed), defensive lineman Bryce Nelms (undisclosed), offensive lineman Matt Altsman (undisclosed) and defensive back Gus Sunseri (undisclosed).
Deslin Alexandre, Habakkuk Baldonado and John Morgan are expected to fill in at defensive end, in addition to fellow starter Patrick Jones II. Tyler Bentley, Calijah Kancey and David Green and will work alongside Devin Danielson at defensive tackle.
Redshirt freshman Kyi Wright and junior college transfer Daniel Moraga worked with the top groups at tight end in warmups, while offensive lineman Grant Carrigan, who used to play tight end, was back working with that group and wearing No. 84.
At wide receiver, Jared Wayne should start at the split end position in place of Mack.