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Pitt RB Conner undergoes successful knee surgery

Jerry DiPaola
| Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, 10:33 a.m.

Pitt running back James Conner had successful surgery Tuesday morning to repair the MCL in his right knee, according to longtime family friend Mike Gallagher.

“The surgery went better than we could have hoped,” said Gallagher, who spoke with Conner's mother, Kelly Patterson. The surgery was performed by Dr. Volker Musahl, medical director at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine on the South Side.

Conner was hurt Saturday during a 9-yard run early in the second quarter of the season opener against Youngstown State. He left the game after that play and did not return.

“Doctors were surprised that there was no other damage to the knee,” Gallagher said. “The meniscus was 100 percent and there was no damage to the ACL.

“The MCL is now repaired and the rest of the knee is in perfect shape. Today, James is one step closer to running for Pitt again.”

Coach Pat Narduzzi, who had no immediate comment because he was conducting practice, said Monday that Conner will miss the remainder of the season.

MCL injuries typically heal between one to two weeks and four to six weeks, said Charleston, S.C., sports medicine specialist and knee surgeon Dr. David Geier.

— Jerry DiPaola

Pitt running back James Conner stiff-arms Youngstown State's Kenneth Durden on his way to a first-quarter touchdown Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Heinz Field.
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Pitt running back James Conner stiff-arms Youngstown State's Kenneth Durden on his way to a first-quarter touchdown Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Heinz Field.
Pitt running back James Conner stands on the sideline after being hurt against Youngstown State on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Heinz Field.
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Pitt running back James Conner stands on the sideline after being hurt against Youngstown State on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Heinz Field.
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