Penn State LB Nyeem Wartman-White suffers another season-ending injury
For the second straight year, Nyeem Wartman-White couldn’t get through the Temple game.
The Penn State linebacker had hoped to solidify himself after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last year. But, as James Franklin announced, Wartman-White suffered another season-ending injury.
The injury occurred while Wartman-White — Penn State’s only healthy starting linebacker at the time — was on punt-safe team during the second quarter on Saturday against Temple. His left leg buckled on the play, forcing him out of action for the rest of the afternoon.
“Feel terrible for Nyeem Wartman-White,” Franklin said. “Feel for Nyeem because he’s had two years in a row where he’s missed the season.”
At the time, Franklin didn’t think that the injury was serious. But once again, Wartman-White will miss the rest of the season.
Asked whether or not Wartman-White would apply for a medical redshirt, Franklin said he was unsure. Players can only do so after the season concludes.
JF: Brandon Bell went to doctor's office with Nyeem.
"We'll see what future holds." Didn't completely discount possibility of 6th season.
— Donnie Collins (@psubst) September 20, 2016
Wartman-White started all three games for the Lions at both weak-side linebacker and middle linebacker.
Penn State was already dealing with injuries to starting linebackers Jason Cabinda and Brandon Bell. It remains to be seen what their status will be heading into Saturday. Bell was on crutches and Cabinda’s hand was in a cast on Saturday.
The Lions will kick off B1G play at No. 4 Michigan on Saturday.