PITTSBURGH (AP) -Pitt outside linebacker Adam Gunn may miss the rest of his senior season with a broken neck caused when he collided with teammate Scott McKillop during a season-opening loss.
Gunn, who became a starter last season, played every down on defense and also was on the kickoff team before sustaining a concussion during the third quarter of the 27-17 loss to Bowling Green on Saturday.
A broken vertebrae, which occurred during the helmet-to-helmet hit with McKillop that also resulted in the concussion, showed up during a post-game MRI exam.
``(It) could be the year. We're not going to say it's the year, but ... it's going to be a while,'' coach Dave Wannstedt said Wednesday.
Just as it did a season ago when quarterback Bill Stull broke his thumb and didn't play the rest of the season, Pitt may have lost an important starter in its season opener.
Pitt (0-1) plays another Mid-American Conference school, Buffalo (1-0), on Saturday. Gunn is expected to be replaced by Greg Williams, but Wannstedt said Nate Nix and Brandon Lindsey may also play.
Pitt's other outside linebacker, Shane Murray, was held out of the Bowling Green game by a right knee injury and may be replaced again by Austin Ransom.

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