KALAMAZOO, Mi. — Pitt entered the Western Michigan game was some key injuries, Rodney Hammond Jr., Nick Patti and Owen Drexel missing the trip to Kalamazoo and Kedon Slovis was inactive despite traveling, and the injury bug has struck again.
Jared Wayne, after a first half in which he recorded three receptions for 94 yards, also took a high, hard hit toward the end of the half upon hauling in a 32-yard reception from Nate Yarnell. The play initially drew flags from the officials, which were subsequently picked up, and he didn’t return to the second to start the second half.
Marquis Williams also picked up an undisclosed injury in the second half, leaving the game at the start of the third quarter. He scored the first touchdown of the game, racing 24 yards to the end zone upon picking off WMU’s Jack Salopek. He was replaced in the lineup by M.J. Devonshire and A.J. Woods.
Habakkuk Baldonado went down on the second drive in the third quarter, after recording three tackles (two solo). He was attended to by the athletic training staff before walking off the field on his own power.
It’s currently uncertain to the extent of any of the three injuries, but if Pitt wants to hold off WMU on the road with a third-string quarterback, it can hardly afford to lose its leading receiver and two defensive leaders.