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Pitt forward Robinson out 3-6 weeks

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By John Grupp
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

The depth of the Pitt basketball team - one of the reasons the Panthers are ranked No. 4 in the preseason Top 25 - is already being tested.

Pitt junior Nasir Robinson, who started all 34 games last season at power forward, will miss three to six weeks after undergoing right knee surgery Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Robinson suffered a torn meniscus during Monday's practice. He underwent surgery at UPMC South Side Hospital.

"We expect Nasir to make a full recovery," coach Jamie Dixon said in a statement. "The surgery was a success, and we know that Nasir will work hard during the rehabilitation process."

Robinson averaged 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds last season while shooting 49.5 percent from the floor. He will likely be replaced by either redshirt freshman Talib Zanna or sophomore J.J. Richardson.

Robinson, one of four returning starters for Pitt, could miss between three and 10 games, depending on how long the rehab takes. If he misses the full six weeks, he could return for the SEC Big East Invitational against Tennessee on Dec. 11 at Consol Energy Center.

The Panthers, who play Northwood (Fla.) University in an exhibition game at 2 p.m. Sunday, have also been without small forward Gilbert Brown (hamstring). The injury is not considered serious, and the 6-foot-6 fifth-year senior is expected to return for the season opener against Rhode Island on Nov. 8.

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