Pitt running back Conner leaves practice with injured knee
Pitt running backs James Conner and Isaac Bennett will miss the final five practices of the spring session because of injuries suffered Friday, the university announced via social media.
Conner, a rising sophomore, sprained his left knee, while Bennett, a senior, sprained his left shoulder, the team posted on Twitter.
The injuries are not expected to prevent them from being ready for offseason conditioning when it begins in May, the team said.
Bennett and Conner combined for 1,596 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns last season.
Conner left the indoor practice facility on a golf cart with his knee wrapped in ice. He had an MRI, which revealed no structural damage.
Not long after Conner was injured, Bennett injured his shoulder. He watched the remainder of practice with his arm in a sling.
The practice was one of the most physical of the spring. The team ran several 11-on-11 drills with officials calling penalties.
“I love the physical part of it,” coach Paul Chryst said. “When you play physical, it means you are confident in what you are doing and where you're going.”But there are limits to that, he said.
“We had a couple guys dinged up. You don't want that by any means.”
Pitt entered spring drills last month with only three running backs. After the injuries, sophomore Rachid Ibrahim moved to the first team and wide receiver Ronald Jones took some snaps at running back.
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.
- Pitt’s surge goes for naught as No. 11 Purdue prevails
- Pitt’s Whitehead, Ollison grab ACC rookie of the year awards
- Pitt guard Robinson says free-wheeling offense is ‘a lot of fun’
- Central Catholic holds ‘emotional’ ceremony for Marino
- No. 11 Purdue presents tall order for Pitt
- Gilbert, son of ex-Pitt football standout, commits to Panthers