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Romeus ruled out of Louisville game

• Defensive end Greg Romeus will need at least one more week before returning to the field. The 2009 Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year, who had September back surgery, was ruled out of Saturday's game with Louisville. "He won't play this week," coach Dave Wannstedt said. "But he's getting close. Real close." Wannstedt said Romeus, who played in only one game before the surgery, is "doing real good. He's progressing right according to the schedule with the doctors. I'm very optimistic."

• Despite Romeus' absence, Pitt still ranks first in the Big East and is tied for ninth in the nation in sacks at 3.0 per game. Brandon Lindsey, who replaced Romeus in the starting lineup, and all-Big East defensive end Jabaal Sheard, rank 1-2 in the Big East in sacks. They both are in the top 10 in the nation. "We're still a great defensive line, and when we get Greg back, we're going to be even better," Sheard said. "It's going to be crazy once Greg comes back."

• Sophomore tight end Mike Cruz was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week for his effort in the Panthers' 41-21 victory over Rutgers. Cruz had two receptions, both touchdowns, for 14 yards.

• Louisville has lost 10 Big East road games in a row, dating to a 28-24 upset victory at No. 15 Cincinnati on Oct. 3, 2007.

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