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Pitt DE Rashad Weaver Suffers Season-Ending Injury

The All-ACC Weaver tore a ligament Thursday

August 09, 2019 - 10:35 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) –Pat Narduzzi called it sad, unfortunate news that makes you sick to your stomach as the Pitt head coach said they suffered a casualty at practice on Thursday, losing defensive end Rashad Weaver for the season.

Weaver tore his right ACL during a drill where he wanted on his knee in a non-contact situation.

“We are going to miss Rashad dearly,” Narduzzi said.  “I feel bad for him.  It’s not easy to sit with a doctor and hear that news come out with just him and me.  And to go break it with him, it’s one of the ugliest days you can have.”

The redshirt junior was picked preseason All-ACC teams by several experts and coming off a sophomore season where he had 6.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss.  The Florida native was to be a focal part of the Pitt defense.

“I hate using that term next man up,” Narduzzi said.  “Guys are texting me that we are going to play our tails off for Rashad.  You kind of use it as motivation to get guys going.  Each day is there for you, but it’s not a given.  You step out there and you may have one play and it may be your last.”

Sophomore Deslin Alexandre, freshmen John Morgan and Habakkuk Baldonado will be the three to get a lot of work in his place with Alexandre having played in 13 games last year with five tackles and a tackle for loss.

Narduzzi said Weaver will still be around the team and was dressed with a helmet for practice on Friday.

“Rashad is strong as heck, he is going to coach,” Narduzzi said.  “He walked with a practice script already, he already has a schedule in his hand.  He’s ready to go.”

“I think we have a strong football team.  We will just continue to fight and move forward.  Rashad will be better for what it is.  We will fight to get another year back and move on from there.”

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