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Pitt’s A.J. Davis, Jared Wayne Out vs. NC State; No Players in COVID Protocol



Senior running back A.J. Davis and sophomore wide receiver Jared Wayne will miss Pitt’s game against NC State on Saturday, as they did not dress for warmups.

Davis suffered a lower-body injury in Pitt’s Week 3 win over Louisville and did not return. Wayne has been in and out of the team’s lineup with an undisclosed issue early this season.

Sophomore Vincent Davis is expected to start at running back for the third straight week. Taysir Mack should start at outside receiver, with freshman Jaylon Barden spelling hm.

Additionally, tight ends Lucas Krull and Kyi Wright and linebacker Wendell Davis, who all missed Pitt’s game against Louisville, all remain out.

Krull and Davis, who suffered knee injuries and were on crutches a week ago, were getting around unaided before the NC State game, but still have large braces on their knees. Wright’s issue has not been disclosed.

Grant Carrigan and Daniel Moraga should get the majority of reps at tight end, with Jake Zilinskas, who missed the Louisville game after suffering a lower-body injury against Syracuse, is dressed and could also see playing time.

Wendell Davis will once again be replaced by Chase Pine, with Brandon George providing depth. Backup safety Erick Hallett, who missed the Louisville game, is also dressed and could return.

Pitt’s other players not dressed include offensive lineman Matthew Altsman (undisclosed), defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado (lower body), tight end Jake Cortes (undisclosed), linebacker Solomon DeShields (undisclosed), offensive lineman Shane Murphy (undisclosed), defensive lineman Bryce Nelms (undisclosed non-football) running back Angelo Priore (undisclosed), linebacker Leslie Smith (lower body), offensive lineman Michael Statham (undisclosed)

For the second consecutive game, no Pitt players will miss Saturday’s game against NC State in the team’s COVID-19 protocol.

Pitt also had full attendance against Louisville on Sept. 26. Three Pitt players were held out against Syracuse on Sept. 19 and seven Panthers missed the season opener against Austin Peay on Sept. 12.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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