For the second time in three games, Penn State will be without the services of its second-leading receiver this weekend. And every weekend left in the 2012 season for that matter.
On the Nittany Lions’ official injury report released Tuesday morning, tight end Kyle Carter had already been listed as out of this Saturday’s game against Indiana. The redshirt freshman injured his right hand in the loss to Nebraska last Saturday.
It won’t be the last game he misses either as head coach Bill O’Brien subsequently announced Carter will miss the regular-season finale against Wisconsin. As the Nittany Lions are ineligible for the postseason, it means Carter’s injury is of the season-ending variety.
“He did a really nice job, and is a tough kid, a great kid. He’s a good guy to have on the team,” O’Brien said.
The hand issue is the latest in a mini-run of injury setbacks for the player. Carter missed the Nov. 3 win over Purdue as well, although that was due to an ankle injury.
The tight end is second on the Nittany Lions in receptions (36) and receiving yards (453). He’s also caught two touchdown passes.