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Penn State football: Standouts Barnes, Amos among players held out of Nittany Lions practice

Penn State held its 14th training camp practice Friday, and a few noteworthy items surfaced during the morning session open to reporters.

A handful of players were held out of practice. Defensive end Deion Barnes, safety Adrian Amos and wide receiver Allen Robinson were among the players who didn’t take part in team drills.

Barnes and Amos worked out alongside offensive tackle Adam Gress, who coach Bill O’Brien said got a little banged up earlier in the week. Gress’ injury is not believed to be serious, as O’Brien said he expects him to be available.

A Penn State official said Barnes and Amos had the day off to deal with minor ailments and are expected to be back soon. Both Barnes and Amos worked on conditioning exercises alongside freshman offensive lineman Andrew Nelson, who also was without pads.

Robinson, who was not present for the portion open to the media, is dealing with a minor hamstring injury, a Penn State spokesman said. It is a common theme in the early days of training camp, O’Brien said last week, joking that he himself has sore hamstrings.

Linebacker Ben Kline, who is day-to-day as he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery, participated in conditioning drills and worked on coverage techniques. He was joined by freshman wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, who is out for the season with a wrist injury sustained in high school. Hamilton wore a brace on his wrist and ran receiving routes.

The Nittany Lions, coming off an 8-4 season in 2012, are preparing for their season opener against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Aug. 31.