Greg Romeus to have back surgery
Pitt defensive end Greg Romeus is scheduled to have surgery to repair a disc in his back, according to ESPN. Romeus missed numerous fall practices with an unknown back injury this season and he appeared out of shape in the season opener against Utah and he sat out the week two match up with New Hampshire. Pitt head coach Dave Wanndstedt stated that he hoped to have Romeus back “for the conclusion of the season,” but it is unclear just how much time Romeus will need for recovery.
The back injury could explain the decline in Romeus’ play. The defensive end has looked slow off the snap and has had trouble anchoring at the point of attack this season, which is unusual for Romeus. With the defensive line prospects eligible for this year’s NFL Draft, this could prove to drastically affect Romeus’ draft stock. Coming into the season, most had Romeus slated as an easy first round pick and one of the best defensive ends in the country. If he misses most of his senior season, this could easily drop him into the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.