Penn State’s offensive line situation continues to worsen.
As many feared, offensive tackle Paris Palmer is out for the remainder of the season, Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin said at his Tuesday press conference.
Palmer, a senior who left Saturday’s win over Indiana after Penn State’s first series, was seen in the second half on the Nittany Lion sideline in street clothes, wearing a large brace on his right leg and propped up by crutches. The left tackle started the last four games following Andrew Nelson’s season-ending injury.
Franklin did not specify Palmer’s injury.
“We do have a little bit of an injury situation going on now,” Franklin said, “kind of throughout the whole year.”
The coach proceeded to list off the injuries his team is dealing with and has already dealt with. He mentioned Palmer, as well as a handful of other players, including right tackle Brendan Mahon.
Franklin wouldn’t say if Mahon, who exited Penn State’s win over Iowa with an unspecified injury, is done for the season or not. Mahon was admitted to Hershey Medical Center last week and listed as in “stable condition”, Penn State athletics said in a statement at the time.
“We’ll see what happens with Mahon,” Franklin said of the redshirt junior’s availability.
Franklin also said linebacker Jake Cooper, tight end Nick Bowers and wide receiver Brandon Polk are done for the year.
The coach didn’t mention freshman guard Connor McGovern in his list. McGovern, who was absent on Penn State’s final scoring drive against Indiana, was on Penn State’s weekly depth chart, unlike Mahon or Palmer.
So, does that mean McGovern will be ready to go at 8 p.m. Saturday against Rutgers?
“It’s too early in the week to make that decision,” Franklin said of McGovern, whose injury is unknown. “We have all week long to figure that out. Obviously, it helps with it being an 8 p.m. night game on the front end...It does give us a little bit more time to get some guys healthy and ready to go.”