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Pinkston out for season with shoulder surgery

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Pitt sophomore tackle Jason Pinkston will require surgery on his injured shoulder and miss the remainder of the season.

Pinkston, a 6-foot-4, 300-pounder from Baldwin, started the first three games at right tackle this season before injuring his shoulder against Michigan State. He did not play in Pitt’s past two games. Pinkston is eligible for a medical redshirt.

“After evaluating Jason’s shoulder the last two weeks, it was decided it would be in his best interest to undergo surgery this week,” Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. “This will allow him to take advantage of a medical redshirt and get him started sooner on the rehabilitation process. We share Jason’s disappointment that he will have to miss the season but look forward to his healthy return for 2008.”

Pinkston’s injury is the latest setback for the Panthers, who have lost senior receiver Derek Kinder (knee), offensive lineman Chris Jacobson (knee), quarterback Bill Stull (thumb) and defensive tackle Gus Mustakas (knee) to serious injuries this season.

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