Ditto in for Long Rehab

Freshman tight end says shoulder injury could keep him out of action for six months. But he hopes to be back sooner than that. Get the lowdown on Ditto and other Lions in our injury report.

Tight end Jon Ditto enrolled at Penn State in January hoping to get a jump on his freshman season with the Nittany Lions. But now it appears the product of Gateway High in Monroeville, Pa., may have to redshirt as a freshman.

Ditto injured his left shoulder midway through spring practice and underwent surgery to correct the problem shortly thereafter. Before the Blue-White Game Saturday, he said doctors have told him he is looking at a rehabilitation schedule of six months.

“Six months is a long time,” said Ditto, his left arm in a heavy sling. “I hope to be back earlier.”

If he has any shot of playing in 2007, he'll have to be back on the field in time to prove himself during preseason practice. As head coach Joe Paterno said Saturday, “We did not see much of him in the spring.”

OTHER INJURY NEW:

• Offensive guard Elijah Robinson sustained a neck injury that caused him to miss the final week and a half of spring practice.

• Starting safety Anthony Scirrotto sustained a stinger to the right shoulder while making a hit in practice a week ago. He skipped the final week of contact. Scirrotto wore a sling for part of the autograph session before the Blue-White Game but eventually removed it.

“I'm be fine,” he said.

• Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Tom McEowen tore an ACL during winter conditioning. His rehab is said to be ahead of schedule. He did not dress for the spring scrimmage, but he was no longer wearing a heavy brace on his knee.

• Redshirt sophomore receiver Kevin Cousins missed all of spring practice with a leg injury.

• Reserve tight end Jordan Lyons did not dress for the Blue-White game. Paterno said he was out with an injury, but did not specify the nature of the problem.

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