Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Panthers Lose 5 Players for Season to Injuries, Illnesses

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Panthers Lose 5 Players for Season to Injuries, Illnesses

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Pitt defensive tackle Justin Moody and incoming freshman defensive back George Hill will no longer play football due to a non-football-related cervical spine condition and a preexisting cardiac condition, respectively, the school announced Friday.

Additionally, tight end Chris Clark and offensive lineman Mike Grimm will miss this season after having knee and hip surgery, respectively, while freshman defensive lineman Zack Gilbert will miss the season due to a cardiac condition.

"Each of these young men are very passionate about the game of football and our heart goes out to them," Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said in a prepared statement. "Although they will not be able to play this fall, each of them will remain an active and important part of our family. They are, and will always be, Panthers. We are going to make sure they continue to benefit from a University of Pittsburgh education and being an important member of our football program."

Moody, a junior, will remain with the program as a student assistant, and Hill will remain on scholarship as a permanent medical exemption. …

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