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Syracuse injury report vs. Pitt: Kendall Coleman, Josh Black doubtful

The defensive line is down several bodies yet again.

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Another ACC game, another injury report.

Good news: seems the Syracuse Orange will be getting back wide receiver Jamal Custis this week, as he’s listed as probable. The rehab process tends to rest the body so another fresh athlete on the outside may aid Syracuse’s passing strength this week against the Pittsburgh Panthers.

The bad news: the defensive line is beginning to experience 2016 all over again with two injuries to key players along the frontline. Kendall Coleman has been added to the list of doubtfuls alongside fellow defensive lineman Josh Black who missed the last two weeks’ games with an injury. Coleman also missed last week’s action while dealing with both a personal matter and his own injury issue.

NCAA Football: Central Connecticut State at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse’s defensive line struggled against the run last week vs. NC State, allowing over 250 rushing on 47 attempts. Losing Coleman will be a significant blow, but luckily Pittsburgh’s offensive line has had its own struggles running the ball and protecting its quarterback, allowing 16 sacks in just four games.

After Saturday’s loss, head coach Dino Babers called for his younger players to step up and help their seniors. With another injury to the defensive line, several more underclassman will be thrust into action including Alton Robinson and freshman Kingsley Jonathan.

Sometimes, the best way to teach the youth how to swim is to throw them in the pool. We’ll see how quickly they can adapt on Saturday.

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The full injury report is included below:


WR Jamal Custis

LB Zaire Franklin


DT Josh Black

DE Kendall Coleman

LB Shyheim Cullen


WR Sean Avant

S Antwan Cordy

DE Jake Pickard

Out for the Season

OG Aaron Roberts (knee)