Pat Narduzzi will only offer an injury update if a player is lost for the season due to an injury, and unfortunately for Pitt, he had two updates Monday afternoon at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
Narduzzi announced that both Nate Temple and Rashad Battle will be out for the season due to undisclosed injuries. Temple, a redshirt junior defensive end, and Battle, a junior cornerback, both missed Saturday’s Rhode Island game.
It’s a tough blow to Pitt’s depth as both Temple and Battle featured on Pitt’s two-deep depth chart at their respective positions.
Temple recorded a tackle in the three games that he’s played this season, racking up 32 snaps. Battle has only played in two games this season, but he recorded six tackles (five solo) in his 71 snaps.
Pitt’s defensive line has been a battered unit this season, with Temple, Habakkuk Baldonado, Dayon Hayes and Deslin Alexandre all missing time this season — all four missing the Rhode Island game. Chris Maloney and Nahki Johnson could see increased workloads the rest of the season.
I’m gonna shake back💯 Believe that!
— Rashad Battle (@RashadBattle15) September 26, 2022
Battle served as Pitt’s No. 4 this season, spelling where needed across the secondary, and his loss will need to be filled by a couple of young cornerbacks in Noah Biglow and Ryland Gandy.
Pitt has been hit hard by the injury bug this season, and with ACC play arriving this weekend, the health of a few key offensive and defensive players will be monitored in the days and weeks to come.