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PSU's Massaro to have MRI on knee

Injuries to key players are piling up for Penn State this spring.

The Lions already have lost receiver Curtis Drake to a leg injury for the rest of the spring, and defensive end Pete Massaro reportedly went down with a left knee injury in Friday's practice. Massaro, who missed the 2009 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in the spring game, is to have an MRI on Monday.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Massaro's knee injury is serious and the junior could miss extended time.

“He just told us that he sort of got his foot caught in the turf and had some pain,” Massaro's father, Peter, told The Daily Collegian. “He said he’s walking on it and not in as much pain as when he hurt his last knee. But they are being cautious with it until they do the MRI and we’re hoping for the best.”

Massaro started the final 11 games last season, recording 37 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Penn State needs improved production from the defensive end spot after its pass rush backslid last season. Masaro and Jack Crawford were two players in the spotlight this spring in Happy Valley.

It's highly unlikely Massaro will return before spring practice wraps up April 16, so defensive ends like Eric Latimore and Jordan Hill should get increased reps.