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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Injury update on Dan Mason

By Andrea Adelson

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Pittsburgh linebacker Dan Mason is working hard to strengthen his leg, but there is still no timetable for when he will be able to play again.

Coach Todd Graham said Tuesday from the Big East spring meetings that Mason is progressing, but still has a long way to go in his recovery from a dislocated knee.

"If any kid can do it, he can do it," Graham said. "He tells me every day he's going to get there. He's progressing, but if we had a game today, he wouldn't be able to play."

When asked whether he had hope Mason would be ready in time for the season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 3, Graham said, "I think he will be, and he thinks he will be, but the medical people are not so sure. He has got a lot of work to do to strengthen the leg. I believe he can do it."

Graham also said cornerback Antwuan Reed (concussion) has been cleared and is good to go.

The first-year coach also talked about being at his first Big East meetings. He did get to see a few familiar faces, having coached against USF coach Skip Holtz in Conference USA and working as an assistant with Bill Stewart at West Virginia.

I asked him if he felt right at home, and he said, "We hope so. We’ll see. I know it’s a very competitive league. I’ve spent my whole life working to get this job. This is the best job I’ve ever had. Our staff, not just me, the guys I’ve been in this business with, to get an opportunity in a conference like this in a place like Pitt where you can compete to win it all, our goal is to win championships. We’re extremely motivated."