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Syracuse Football: Ben Lewis Out, Kendall Moore Doubtful for Orange vs. Pittsburgh

Injuries aren't stacking up like they were last year, but still not great...

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The injury report for the Syracuse Orange's Saturday matchup with the Pittsburgh Panthers has been released. Unfortunately that means some SU players are listed, and may not be suiting up on Saturday. So who are they?




Safety Rodney Williams (lower body)

Safety Daivon Ellison (lower body)


Tight End Kendall Moore (upper body)


Hybrid Ben Lewis (upper body)


Changes from last week's report: Williams goes from doubtful to questionable and Moore goes from out to doubtful. Alryk Perry and Tyrone Perkins, who were both listed as out for the Virginia game, are back in action against Pitt. Ellison's a new addition here -- can't recall the play (if any) that may have caused his lower body injury.

The real glaring issue above, though, is Lewis. We saw him get a bit banged-up toward the end of the game against Virginia, favoring his elbow (or arm in general). That was clearly a bit more serious than we'd thought, since he's now completely out for this Saturday.

Lewis's absence is probably going to hurt part of the passing game, as he is a favorite target of Eric Dungey's (13 catches for 129 yards and one score). Though it could also open the door for the underused Dontae Strickland, or even the returning Tyrone Perkins to get involved.

If Williams can't go, Chauncey Scissum will get his start once again. Ellison's not on the two-deep, so that impact may be minimal. Moore, as discussed, represents a huge blocking upgrade vs. Josh Parris -- something that would be a big help against Pitt, as we've seen Dungey come under pressure with increasing frequency.