Monday, March 28, 2011
Penn State defensive line suffers blow
By Adam Rittenberg
Penn State will have to revive its defensive line play without Pete Massaro this fall.
The team confirmed Monday afternoon that Massaro, a junior defensive end, will miss the 2011 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during Friday's practice. Massaro, who started the final 11 games as defensive end last fall, will have surgery in the next two to three weeks and then begin a nine-month rehab program, team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli said.
Massaro's departure especially stings because Penn State needs options at defensive end, a position that underperformed in 2010. Jack Crawford was banged up for much of the year and is working his way back to 100 percent. Penn State will turn to Crawford, Eric Latimore, Jordan Hill and others to spark the pass rush this fall.
This is a tough setback for Massaro, who missed the 2009 season after tearing his right ACL in Penn State's spring game. He recorded 37 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery last season.
The injury bug seems to be hitting Penn State hard this spring, as receiver Curtis Drake broke his left leg for the second time in seven months.