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Pitt's Woodall says he's 'ready to go'

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Pitt fifth-year senior point guard Tray Woodall said he's healthy enough to play in the Panthers' game against Villanova on Wednesday.

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Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 6:56 p.m.
 

After missing the majority of the Marquette game with a concussion, Pitt point guard Tray Woodall pronounced himself fit to play at Villanova on Wednesday.

“I'm 100 percent,” Woodall said. “I'm fine. Ready to go.”

The fifth-year senior was injured at 16:30 of the first half when he collided head-first with Golden Eagles guard Derrick Wilson. Woodall said he felt better by the 8:00 mark, but doctors ruled him out for the remainder of the 75-67 overtime loss at Petersen Events Center.

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said the Panthers followed university protocol for concussions. It required Woodall to be symptom-free for 24 hours, then allowed him to do running and conditioning at Monday's practice and wait another 24 hours before participate in contact drills.

“It's all pretty uniform,” Dixon said. “We know what to expect. I knew when he went down, even though he said he wanted to play and that he could play, I figured the policy is in place that he was going to be out.”

Woodall is expected to participate in a full-contact practice Tuesday, after which his playing status will be officially determined for the Villanova game.

“If the doctors feel he can't play, even though he says he can, then he can't play,” Dixon said. “It's as simple as that. As you know, we err on the side of caution. We're at the forefront of concussion testing.”

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