Pinnick's status uncertain

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

BOCA RATON Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger said Tuesday he had not received the results of an MRI exam on the right knee of senior defensive end Josh Pinnick.

"It hasn't been forwarded to me," Schnellenberger said after practice. "I think the results are in, but the doctor hasn't called the trainer and told him."


Pinnick, who was injured during the Owls' 30-20 victory Saturday against North Texas, was expected to meet Tuesday night with team doctors to get the results. He is scheduled to meet with Schnellenberger today to discuss the severity of the injury.

Pinnick is listed on the official injury report as "out indefinitely" with a right knee sprain. Schnellenberger said Sunday he expects Pinnick to be out for the entire season.

The loss of Pinnick, if for a few weeks or the entire season, is a devastating blow to the Owls' defense.

Pinnick, a fifth-year senior was a pre-season All-Sun Belt Conference selection and is on the watch list for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's top offensive or defensive lineman. In four games this season, Pinnick totalled eight tackles, including five solo, and half a sack.

Jermaine Council is expected to start in Pinnick's place at right defensive end when the Owls face visit Kentucky at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Council is a 6-foot-5, 286-pound sophomore, who has two tackles in four games this season in reserve duty.

"I like to pass rush and I'm not the normal sized defensive end," Council said. "I'll learn from Pinnick and the rest of the defensive line.

"It's going to be kind of hard, but I'm going to give it my best."

Injury updates: Freshman cornerback Tavious Polo, who leads the nation with six interceptions, is listed as probable with a hip flexor strain. He practiced Tuesday.

Sophomore receiver Chris Bonner also is listed as probable with a strained groin.

Schnellenberger said he didn't believe the injury to either starter was serious.