October 2, 2007

Pinkston latest in line of injury issues

In a way, it should have been almost expected that the shoulder injury Jason Pinkston suffered in Pitt's loss at Michigan State would turn out to be season-ending.

After all, it's not like Pinkston is the first Panther to have his 2007 campaign ended by injury. In fact, Pinkston is just the latest in an ever-increasing line of Pitt players who have suffered season-ending injuries.

There was senior receiver Derek Kinder, who tore his ACL in training camp. And freshman offensive guard Chris Jacobson, who aggravated a knee injury in camp. And sophomore running back Kevin Collier, who broke his wrist in camp. And junior quarterback Bill Stull, who sustained ligament damage to his right thumb in the season-opener against Eastern Michigan. And junior defensive tackle Gus Mustakas, who suffered a torn ACL against Grambling State.

And that doesn't even count defensive end Doug Fulmer, whose spring ball knee injury has kept him off the practice field through the first month of the season. Or freshman offensive tackle Dan Matha, whose own shoulder injury required surgery and will prevent him from playing until the spring.

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