The Pitt defense has suffered a big loss, as a source told Pittsburgh Sports Now that talented sophomore defensive end Dayon Hayes will miss the remainder of the 2022 season with a knee injury.
A PSN source said that Hayes has a meniscus issue and is scheduled to undergo surgery this week. This is something that has hampered Hayes this year and it got to the point that he didn’t want to put off surgery any longer. This was the reason that Hayes didn’t travel with the team to Western Michigan.
PSN has been told that this surgery is expected to sideline Hayes for six to eight months.
The former four-star recruit was in a four-man defensive end rotation with John Morgan, Haba Baldonado and Deslin Alexandre. This group has played without Alexandre for the last two games and will now be without Hayes for the season. Baldonado was also injured against Western Michigan.
This unfortunate injury could give an opportunity for former four-star recruit redshirt freshman Nahki Johnson to receive regular playing time.