Penn State got some bad news on Tuesday when it learned that linebacker Ben Kline will miss the rest of the season due to a torn pectoral muscle, head coach Bill O’Brien said.
Kline tore his pec early against Minnesota this past Saturday, but finished the game and had four tackles. O’Brien said he will have surgery on his pec and also on his shoulder soon.
“I think he can definitely come back from those,” O’Brien said Tuesday afternoon. “I brought him in and had this exact conversation with him. I told him, ‘We look forward to bringing you back next year.’
The sophomore played in every game and started the last two at outside linebacker. He finished the season with 18 tackles and a sack. Nyeem Wartman will likely get the start for the Lions against Purdue this coming Saturday.