Gardner-Webb Vs. Pitt: Aaron Donald Could Sit Out

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Logan Thomas #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies is sacked by Bryan Murphy #93 and Aaron Donald #97 of the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on September 15, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

All-Big East defensive tackle Aaron Donald could miss the Pittsburgh Panthers' game against Gardner-Webb on Saturday due to a knee injury.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald, a stalwart of the Pittsburgh Panthers line, might miss Saturday's contest against Gardner-Webb due to a knee injury, according to a report by Jerry DiPaola of the Tribune-Review.

Should Donald, a member of the All-Big East's second team last season, miss this week, his absence like won't carry on for much longer than that, head coach Paul Chryst said in the report.

From DiPaola's report, here's Chryst on Donald's status for this weekend:

"You do feel encouraged (for the future)." "It's not anything that has a long-term effect. It's just one of those things. I don't know if he will be able to go this Saturday, but certainly we feel really good about after that."

Donald has five quarterback hurries and eight total tackles, two for loss, so far this season, which included an upset win over Virginia Tech, 35-17, on Sept. 15.

For more coverage of the Panthers, visit SB Nation's blog Cardiac Hill, and for all things Pittsburgh, visit SB Nation's Pittsburgh page.

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