Villanova coach Andy Talley has ruled John Robertson out of Thursday night's game against Philadelphia rival Penn while they await MRI results on the All-American quarterback's injured right knee.
Robertson, the 2014 FCS player of the year, was injured on a carry in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 28-21 victory over Delaware.
Redshirt freshman Zach Bednarczyk came off the bench to rally the Wildcats (2-1) from behind and will get the start against the visiting Quakers (0-1).
"When the backup guy comes in and literally wins the game for you with his arm and his feet, there's a buoyancy there that's uplifting," Talley said on the CAA Football coaches conference call. "I think if a guy just finishes up a game and now you've lost your star quarterback, it's a little bit of a downer. But a lot of our players really feel confident that we can win with Zach. He is a good player."
Robertson has faced injuries in the last year. He played some of his junior season with a fracture in his non-throwing hand and later missed Villanova's loss to Sam Houston State in the FCS playoff quarterfinals with a concussion.