Lions RB Beachum undergoes ankle surgery

Brandon Beachum's Penn State career is over after the running back underwent surgery Monday to repair a broken left ankle.

Beachum, the Nittany Lions' fourth-leading rusher with 134 yards on 34 carries, sustained the injury late in Saturday's 45-7 loss to Wisconsin. Penn State's team doctor, Wayne Sebastianelli, expects Beachum's rehab to take four to six months.

Although Beachum has junior eligibility, he doesn't plan to return in 2012. He participated in Penn State's Senior Day ceremonies on Nov. 12 and is scheduled to graduate in December with a degree in advertising/public relations. Beachum missed all of the 2010 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee late in the 2009 campaign.

Beachum finishes his career with 361 rush yards and two touchdowns on 86 attempts.

Beachum gave Penn State another backfield option, particularly with his size and strength, but the Lions should be fine at running back for their bowl game. Top back Silas Redd will have additional time to rest his body after a taxing yet productive October, while Stephfon Green emerged late in the season as a contributor.