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Pitt’s Bryant Injures Ankle

September 1, 2001

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Antonio Bryant, the Biletnikoff Award winner last year as college football’s top receiver, was taken to the locker room during the first quarter of Pittsburgh’s game Saturday against East Tennessee State with an ankle injury.

Bryant was injured while being undercut at the East Tennessee State 5 on what would have been a long punt return midway through the quarter. The return was called back due to a clipping penalty.

Bryant initially was taken to the Pitt sideline and tried to walk on the injured ankle. He rode a cart to the locker room a few minutes later.

Bryant, a junior, had 68 catches, 11 touchdowns and a nation’s best 130.2 yards receiving per game average last season and was a first-team All-America selection, Pitt’s first since 1985.

Last year, Bryant sat out Pitt’s season-opening 30-7 victory over Kent State for disciplinary reasons.

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