Senior safety Mike Pagnotta is out for the year with a combination of shoulder and elbow injuries, head coach Steve Fairchild said Thursday.
“He’s a very good football player and was having a tremendous year,” Fairchild said. “I feel sorry for the young man because he was having that type of year. He did a lot, he’s had a great career here and he’ll help us in other ways.”
Pagnotta is tentatively scheduled for shoulder surgery early next week, Fairchild said.
The senior has two interceptions and 53 tackles (second most on the team) this year. He also has two fumble recoveries and two sacks in eight games played.
Klint Kubiak, the other half of the lynchpin safety duo that has helped to anchor the Rams’ defense this year, is likely to return to the field this weekend in a limited capacity. He has been dealing with an ankle injury for the past few weeks.
“Kubiak will play some; we’ll keep looking at it,” Fairchild said.
Cornerback Brandon Owens is also expected to be able to play Saturday, following a week’s worth of red-jersey recovery from an ankle injury.
“We don’t worry about who can or can’t play. It’s like the weather,” Fairchild said. “We’ll put some guys out there and it’s our job to get them prepared to play well.”
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