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As Rutgers Regroups From Heartbreak, Pitt Awaits

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Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano listens to a question Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, in Piscataway, N.J., about injured player Eric LeGrand. LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down after making a special teams tackle against Army on Saturday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano listens to a question Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, in Piscataway, N.J., about injured player Eric LeGrand. LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down after making a special teams tackle against Army on Saturday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — One week later, the feelings remain raw. The hurt lingers. All the tears haven’t dried, and how could they?

Somehow, maybe this will be the best therapy for Rutgers’ emotionally spent football team. Maybe the best tribute, too, to Eric LeGrand.

Go play a football game.

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The Scarlet Knights (4-2, 1-0) play Pittsburgh (3-3, 1-0) on Saturday in a matchup of teams that won their Big East openers. For Rutgers, there will be an irreplaceable part missing — LeGrand, paralyzed from the neck down while making a tackle against Army, will be in a hospital bed rather than lining up along the defensive front.

It’s a big loss that can’t be measured on the scoreboard or any statistics sheet, yet somehow the Scarlet Knights’ season must go on.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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