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Former Panther WR out for season

| Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Former Pitt star wide receiver R.J. English suffered a torn left ACL while training last week with the Atlanta Falcons and is out for the season.

An undrafted free-agent, English had reportedly performed well in off-season practices for the Falcons before going down with the injury.

This is not the first time that knee injuries have hampered English, who emerged as one of the top pass-catchers in the Big East as a senior last season when he averaged a conference-best 18.5 yards per reception with 41 catches and six touchdowns.

He twice tore his right ACL at Pitt — as a sophomore and junior. The ACL of a cadaver was placed in English's knee prior to last season.

Because of his blend of size (6-foot-2, 211 pounds), speed (4.5 in the 40-yard dash) and athletic ability (37 1 / 2 -inch vertical leap), English was attractive to the Falcons, who considered using him on special teams as well as with their receiving corps.

After undergoing surgery, English will go through a lengthy rehabilitation process in hopes of getting himself ready for the 2003 season.

He finished his Pitt career with 68 regular-season receptions for 1,223 yards (18.0 yards per catch) with 11 touchdowns in 37 games.

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