OHIO: Penn State Injury Report

Our preliminary rundown of the Nittany Lions who were banged up in the opening loss to Ohio.

With questionable depth at key positions, Penn State must have its starters remain healthy if it hopes to have any measure of success in 2012. Saturday's 24-14 loss to Ohio at Beaver Stadium was evidence of that.

At least six different key Nittany Lions went down at some point and were forced to leave the game. Head coach Bill O'Brien was mum on who and what was injured.

“I'm not sure on who all is injured. I'll know more on Monday,” O'Brien said during his postgame news conference.

Here is a breakdown of who was injured and what we know:

TB Bill Belton: Belton left the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be an ankle injury. Doctors were looking at the lower part of his left leg. He walked off the field under his own power but was later seen being carted from the field with ice on the ankle.

TB Derek Day: Day lost his helmet on a carry up the middle in the first quarter and was then hit in the head. Doctors attended to his noggin. Day had to leave the game because NCAA rules dictate any player who loses his helmet must leave the field for at least one play. He returned later. After the game, a bruise and minor swelling could be seen on his left Temple. But he brushed off the injury, calling it no problem.

DT Jordan Hill: Hill said a knee locked up on him and caused him to leave the game. He returned. After the game, he said it was not a big deal. “I have a small bruise, but it's nothing more. Just a little scare,” Hill said. He seemed to be purposely vague on the injury.

LB Gerald Hodges: Hodges left the game for a spell with what was described as a knee contusion. But he returned. Mike Hull filled in when Hodges was out.

CB Stephon Morris: Morris left the game in the second half with what a teammate described as a sprained ankle. He did not return. He was replaced by freshman Da'Quan Davis.

OT Donovan Smith: Smith missed time with cramps in both hamstrings. But he said stretching and additional fluid cleared that up. While Smith was out, Mike Farrell moved from right tackle to Smith's left tackle spot, and Adam Gress took over at right tackle.


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