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Penn State injury update

As promised, Penn State released some additional injury information this afternoon.

The school confirmed that starting free safety Nick Sukay will undergo season-ending surgery this week to repair a torn pectoral muscle suffered in Saturday's loss to Illinois. Sukay will need a minimum of six months to rehab the injury, according to the Penn State team doctor.

He's the third Penn State player to suffer a season-ending injury, joining right tackle Lou Eliades (knee) and tight end Garry Gilliam (knee).

Here's the outlook for the others:

OUT FOR TWO WEEKS OR MORE

POSSIBLE FOR MINNESOTA GAME (Oct. 23)

  • DE Jack Crawford (foot)

  • S Andrew Dailey (stinger)

  • LB Bani Gbadyu (calf)

  • DT Jordan Hill (ankle)

  • LB Gerald Hodges (leg)

  • LB Michael Mauti (ankle)

Sukay's loss is a significant blow for Penn State, which has played well in the secondary for much of the season. Not having Latimore for at least two more weeks also hurts, but the rest of the news might not be that bad. Some had feared Crawford would miss the rest of the season, and if Penn State can get Gbadyu, Hodges and Mauti back soon, it has a much better chance to hold up on defense after the bye week.