"He had the MRIs, and the final diagnosis is that he does have a small fracture in one of his vertebra and most likely will be out indefinitely,'' Wannstedt said. "(It) could be the year. We're not going to say it's the year, but ... it's going to be a while. Shane Murray is getting better, but it's still day-to-day with him.''
Adam Gunn, in his final season at Pittsburgh, finally worked his way into the starting lineup last season and was ready to break out this year.
"He was one of our leaders and was as good a leader off the field as he was a good a player as he was on it,'' Wannstedt said. "He was one of the guys last week, he started and played every down, but he volunteered to play on the kickoff team. So, he's a heckuva guy and a heckuva player. And hopefully, we'll get him back here before the year's out.''
Redshirt freshman Greg Williams got the most action last week after Gunn suffered a concussion early in the third quarter against Bowling Green last week, but redshirt sophomore Nate Nix also played. Williams is expected to get the start at strong-side linebacker, however,.
"Greg Williams, Nate Nix and Brandon Lindsey are the three young linebackers we have there,'' Wannstedt said. "We've been rotating those guys, and they all do something different. And they're all getting reps, and we'll probably play them all. If somebody gets a hot hand, we might stick with them.''
Lindsey did not play in the base defense against Bowling Green.
Fifth-year senior Austin Ransom is expected to start at weak-side linebacker for Murray (right knee strain), but redshirt freshman Tristan Roberts could play as well.
Redshirt junior defensive tackle Mick Williams (left ankle sprain) also is questionable for Pitt's game with Buffalo Saturday at 6 p.m. at Heinz Field. If Williams can't start, junior Tommie Duhart likely will take his spot on the line.
Adam Gunn Out Indefinitely
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