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Possible starting LB for PSU suffers torn Achilles tendon

Going into the 2014 season the Penn State roster is still considered to be thin on depth, an effect of the NCAA sanctions levied against the program two summers ago. Now the concerns on defense seem to be a bit more serious. Linebacker Ben Kline suffered a torn Achilles tendon. The injury could be season-ending according to Blue White Illustrated.

According to the report, Kline, a redshirt junior, is expected to miss significant time although the estimated timeframe is not known. A torn Achilles is no small injury to rebound from, and even when he is able to get on his feet and move, his mobility will likely be hindered for some time. This is a tough break for a player who has already worked through various injuries since joining the program.

Kline was expected to be a potential starting linebacker for the Nittany Lions this fall, but that looks to be out of the question for now. Kline’s 2013 season came to a premature end last November when a torn pectoral muscle sidelined him for the final games.

With Kline out of the picture, for now at least, Penn State has just four linebackers on scholarship with any playing time last season. Mike Hull, Nyeem Wartman, Gary Wooten and Branden Bell should all be at the top of the depth chart for now, but experience is extremely thin at a school with great pride in its linebacker lineage.

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1 Response to “Possible starting LB for PSU suffers torn Achilles tendon”
  1. dougalmac54 says: Jun 26, 2014 6:31 PM

    Its always a “woe is Penn State” story by the media. and yet, Penn State keeps exceeding expectations and overcoming the ridiculous, unfair NCAA sanctions. What does punishing players who were 2 years old when Sandusky was actually still a Penn State coach and coaches who weren’t coaching at Penn State do to punish Sandusky. Sandusky committed the crimes, NOT Penn State. spare me the drivel about “Joe shoulda done more.” It was BS then, its old BS now. They STILL haven’t tried the 3 ex-PSU admins who allegedly covered-up for Sandusky? why? they were in a big hurry to try Sandusky, but alomest 3 years later, they STILl haven’t tried the “Penn State 3.” Why? The commonwealth has a WEAK case against them and they’re gonna get their butts handed to them in court. So when “the 3″ walk away innocent, will the NCAA admit it rushed to judgment and made a mistake? Not likely, they have no integrity.

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