Pitt RB Graham returns to practice
• Running back Ray Graham returned to practice Monday, was hit on his surgically repaired right knee and actually felt better afterward. “The helmet went straight into my right knee,” he said. “It kind of hurt when I first got up, but I guess that knocked some scar tissue out because when I got back up, I was able to move around a little more and it felt a little better. We didn't think it was supposed to be a good thing, but it was. I'm kind of glad it happened.” Graham still wears the green jersey that tells defensive players to be careful, so he is no lock to play Sept. 1 in the opener against Youngstown State. He said he will be disappointed if he doesn't play, but he also will understand. “I missed too many games (last year), but as far as being smart and knowing what is best for my leg, instead of going out there and being selfish about it, at the end of the day, I don't think it would be a disappointment.”
• Several injured players returned, including receiver Mike Shanahan, who remained limited with a hamstring, and safety Jason Hendricks.
• Quarterback Trey Anderson returned to team drills. Coach Paul Chryst said it's too early to tell if freshman Chad Voytik will be the backup. Tino Sunseri and Voytik threw interceptions to Jarred Holley and Lafayette Pitts.
• With linebackers Todd Thomas and Eric Williams nursing injuries, walk-on redshirt junior Emanuel Rackard practiced with the starters. Rackard missed the first week of camp for personal reasons.
• Pitt will hold its 2012 Fan Fest between 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday at Heinz Field. Fans can get players' autographs, meet Chryst and try to win $10,000 in a pass, punt and kick contest. Admission is free.
— Jerry DiPaola
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.