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Pitt's Romeus out for the season

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The Panthers All-American defensive end tore the ACL in his right knee and is lost for the season, just one half into his return from back surgery.

All-American defensive end Greg Romeus is done at Pitt.

The senior standout, who turned down a chance to enter the NFL Draft last April in order to play his final season with the Panthers, tore the ACL in his right knee in Thursday night's loss to Connecticut and is out for the season.

Romeus tried to play twice this season despite injury issues. He missed virtually the Panthers' entire summer camp with a back problem, yet he tried to play in Pitt's season-opener at Utah. He aggravated his injury in the game and had surgery to repair two ruptured discs three days after the game.

He missed about eight weeks following back surgery, but returned to practice three times last week.

He was slated to play a handful of third downs against UConn, but talked the coaches into letting him start and play in the Panthers' base defense.

Romeus was clearly not yet healthy, at full-strength or in football shape -- so much so that UConn was able to block him on several plays using only a tight end or back, allowing the Huskies to deploy their entire offensive line against Pitt's other three interior linemen, which played a large part in UConn rushing for 159 yards in the first 35 minutes of the game.

Romeus suffered the ACL injury early in the second half of Thursday's loss.

"He will work to get his knee healthy and begin to prepare now for the NFL," Pitt head coach Wannstedt said, although his draft stock will likely plummet after this latest setback.

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