Pitt's Greg Romeus returns to practice

Pittsburgh fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Defensive end Greg Romeus, the Big East's reigning co-defensive player of the year, finally returned to practice on Monday after missing more than a week of team workouts. He had been out with back spasms.

"It was very encouraging this morning with Greg," coach Dave Wannstedt told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He came out and took every snap in full pads, inside run, team, pass rush. He did everything from start to finish and felt good afterward. We're headed down the right road there."

The Panthers have some other players dealing with bumps and bruises, such as running back Ray Graham, safety Dom DeCicco and defensive tackle Myles Caragein. They all are expected to recover quickly.