Wannstedt to coach from press box Saturday

Updated: October 17, 2007, 4:46 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The latest addition to Pittsburgh's already long injury list is coach Dave Wannstedt.

Wannstedt will not be on the sideline for Pitt's game against No. 23 Cincinnati on Saturday after tearing his left Achilles tendon.

He had surgery Tuesday, several hours after he was hurt. He also had arthroscopic knee surgery and won't be able to walk on his own for at least a week. Wannstedt will coach from the press box, switching places with offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh normally calls plays from the press box, but instead will work from the sideline.

The Panthers (2-4) have lost four straight games.

Pitt has had a long string of injuries that began when wide receiver Derek Kinder, the team's top returning offensive player, badly injured a knee on the first day of contact work during preseason camp. Kinder is sitting out the season.

Starting quarterback Bill Stull injured a thumb in the Sept. 1 season opener and has yet to return.

Wannstedt, a former Pitt offensive linemen, coached the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins before being hired by Pitt in December 2004. He has a 13-16 record.


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