Brad Bars will have to wait another year to get back on the football field.
Penn State announced Thursday the up-and-coming defensive end ruptured his right achilles tendon. Bars, a junior, will undergo surgery and miss the 2013 season. Team orthopedic physician Dr. Scott Lynch will perform the operation in the coming days and Bars’ recovery time is estimated to take four to six months.
According to Penn State, Bars was injured during a workout.
“Like many other Penn State guys before me, they’ve all bounced back as players while being there for their teammates and contributing in other ways,” Bars tweeted. “It’s frustrating and disappointing personally but this is all about the 2013 team and making this year great.”
At 6-foot-3, 251 pounds, Bars was poised to seize more playing time this season behind starters Deion Barnes and C.J. Olaniyan. Bars, who redshirted as a freshman in 2010, played in 20 games over the past two seasons. He made two tackles last season after returning from a leg injury that kept him from playing in the first two games of the season.
The Nashville, Tenn., native has made bigger strides in the classroom so far. Bars is one of the Nittany Lions’ brightest students. A finance major, Bars has earned 4.0 GPAs in three years at Penn State. He’s a two-time Academic All-Big Ten Honoree.