Pittsburgh DE Romeus out for rest of season

Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee — the second major injury he has suffered this year.

The senior, who was the Big East defensive co-player of the year in 2009, was injured while rushing Connecticut quarterback Zach Frazer during the Panthers’ 30-28 loss to the Huskies last Thursday night. Romeus had just returned to the playing field against UConn after being out since injuring his back in the opener against Utah.

The 6-6, 270-pounder will consult with multiple experts before deciding whether he will have surgery for the second time this season. He had an operation on his back earlier in the year.

Romeus, a projected early-round draft choice heading into 2010, did not have a sack in two games.

On the bright side for the Panthers, Jabaal Sheard has been outstanding playing at the other end spot and has a chance to win Big East defensive player of the year. And Romeus' replacement, Brandon Lindsey, is tied with Sheard for the league lead in sacks with nine. In addition, he leads the league with 13 tackles for loss. So Pitt should be okay along the front four as it continues its quest for a league championship.

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