A worse-than-expected injury to one-half of Pittsburgh’s two-headed ground game monster will result in a medical procedure in the not-too-distant future, head coach Paul Chryst confirmed Friday.
Isaac Bennett originally suffered what was at first diagnosed as a sprained shoulder a week ago. Subsequent testing determined the injury to be worse than originally thought, with the ultimate decision to perform surgery on the running back’s shoulder next week.
Bennett will miss the remainder of spring practice as well as the Panthers’ “voluntary” summer conditioning program, but Chryst is hopeful the junior will be ready in early August for the start of summer camp.
“I’m not going to bet against him on this one,” Chryst said according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I think he’ll attack [rehab]. I believe that.”
Last season, Bennett was second on the Panthers with 797 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. James Conner (barely) topped the team with 799 and eight. Ironically, Conner suffered a knee injury the same day Bennett hurt his shoulder, although the former is expected to participate in team activities this summer.