Penn State's easy win against Eastern Michigan likely came with a cost.
Standout linebacker Michael Mauti will undergo an MRI on his left knee Sunday after suffering an injury in the first half. While nothing is official yet, it doesn't look good for Mauti.
"I think we've lost Mike for the year," coach Joe Paterno said. "… He’s got an ACL."
I feel terrible for Mauti, who missed all of the 2009 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in a preseason practice. He also was limited for part of last season with shoulder issues.
Mauti appeared on the brink of a breakout season after recording an interception and three tackles for loss in last week's defense-fueled win against Temple, which embarrassed Maryland on Saturday. This week, I talked to the Lions junior about how he no longer worried about getting injured on the field.
"It feels great. You're just not worried about anything. All you worry about is go out and make the plays and help the team win. I spend a lot of time in the training room, just taking care of my body. You can't really do anything about injuries when they happen, but I'm just happy to be healthy right now and flying around."
This one hurts.
Penn State boasts good depth at linebacker with Glenn Carson, Gerald Hodges, Nate Stupar and others. But Mauti added a lot to the mix, especially from a leadership standpoint, and he will be missed.