Pitt quarterback Tom Savage likely OK to play next week


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Pitt expects quarterback Tom Savage to be ready to play in the game Oct. 12 at Virginia Tech, the team announced Monday.

Savage left in the fourth quarter of Pitt's 14-3 win Saturday against Virginia after having "concussion-like symptoms."

Further testing this week revealed that he had a mild concussion, but, according to a statement, "has shown only mild symptoms and continues to make progress on a daily basis."

Savage was sacked seven times Saturday, more than he had been in the Panthers' first three games combined.

He also took a hit to the helmet on a 14-yard scramble late in the third quarter.

He came out of the game late in the fourth quarter, missing Pitt's final drive of the game.

"He wasn't OK," receiver Devin Street said. "He wanted to say he was OK, but he was gagging, he wanted to throw up."

Chryst said Savage "saw everyone" involved with concussion testing on the sideline and they made the decision that he should come out of the game.

He was replaced by redshirt freshman Chad Voytik, who did not throw a pass as the Panthers ran out the clock on their victory.

A team spokesman said after the game that Savage was removed from the game as soon as the medical staff saw that he was showing signs of a potential concussion.

"He was a warrior," Street said.

"He was trying to stay in there, but we need him for the rest of the season."

Through four games, Savage has completed 58.7 percent of his passes for 1,052 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.

NOTE -- Pitt's Oct. 12 game against Virginia Tech will kick off at noon and be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

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Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com and Twitter @SWernerPG. First Published October 1, 2013 4:00 AM


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