STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- All-American linebacker Paul Posluszny will not need surgery after partially tearing two ligaments in his right knee during Penn State's FedEx Orange Bowl victory.
He will undergo about six to eight weeks of rehabilitation, said
Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, the team doctor. Posluszny, a junior, had
said he was considering forgoing his senior year to enter the NFL
It is unclear how the injury will affect his decision. In a statement released by the school, Posluszny said Penn State's
medical staff outlined his rehab routine and he was "anxious to
get started and get ready for the upcoming year."
If he returns to Penn State, he probably will participate in
spring practice, which starts in late March. That could ease coach
Joe Paterno's task of replacing seven senior starters on defense.
Posluszny, the winner of awards for the nation's best defensive
player and top linebacker, injured his posterior cruciate and
medial collateral ligaments, the school said.
He was carted off the field after trying to jump over Florida State blocker Lorenzo Booker during a drive late in the fourth
quarter that ended with the Seminoles tying the score at 16-16.
Booker's helmet hit Posluszny's knee.
The Nittany Lions won 26-23 in triple overtime.