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August 12, 2008

Pitt loses starting DE due to knee injury

PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh has lost starting defensive end Doug Fulmer to a knee injury, the third year in a row injuries have ended Fulmer's season.

Fulmer tore a ligament in his left knee and will need surgery. An MRI revealed the injury Monday, Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said Tuesday.

Fulmer was hurt during practice Sunday as he attempted to bounce back from season-ending injuries the past two years.

Fulmer started three of the first four games in 2006 before being lost for the season with a broken ankle against the Citadel. In 2007, Fulmer hurt his right knee in spring workouts and missed last season after having surgery.

Wannstedt said he's unsure whether Fulmer, a redshirt junior, might qualify for another medical redshirt given the rapid succession of his injuries.

"It's just so unfortunate because the guy hasn't had a chance because of all the variety of injuries," Wannstedt said. "The plan right now is that he'll have the surgery. We'll see how the rehab goes, and then we'll deal with it then."

Jabaal Sheard, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound sophomore, is the favorite to replace Fulmer.



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