Pitt's top two RBs out for the rest of spring practices

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Pitt running backs James Conner and Isaac Bennett both suffered injuries in Friday's practice that will keep them out for the rest of spring practices.

Bennett (left shoulder sprain) and Conner (left knee sprain) are expected to be healthy enough to return when the team begins summer conditioning in May, according to Pitt's Twitter account.

The duo were Pitt's top two running backs in 2013, combining for 1,596 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground last year. They appeared poised to replicate their roles again next season.

Conner was hurt in a full-contact drill midway through Friday's session when he was forced out of bounds on a tackle. He left practice early on a golf cart with an ice pack on his left knee. Bennett was hurt a few plays later when he landed awkwardly after a run up the middle.

In their absence, sophomore Rachid Ibrahim will be Pitt's only primary running back for the rest of spring practice. Wide receiver Ronald Jones also spent time at the position late in Friday's practice.

Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com

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