NITTANY NOTES: Injury Report

Penn State is dealing with a couple of key injuries as it prepares to square off with Michigan at Beaver Stadium Saturday. Get the lowdown on who is bumped up.

Penn State's high-octane offense has been hitting in all cylinders this season. But it will have to overcome a few bumps and bruises when it faces Michigan at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

Starting running back Evan Royster sustained a hand injury in drills during Wednesday's practice. Observers indicate it's a dislocated finger. Royster was held out of a portion of the practice session, but "I doubt he'll miss the [Michigan] game," one observer said.

During his weekly press conference Tuesday, Joe Paterno indicated that Brett Brackett sustained a concussion in the Wisconsin game, but was unsure of the wideout's status for the Michigan game. But now we're hearing Brackett is doubtful for Saturday.

"Brett hasn't practiced this week. I doubt he plays in this one. There is really no reason to rush and play him against Michigan," one observer explained. "I'd expect him back for [Ohio State]."

Sophomore offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski sustained a sprained MCL earlier this week in drills. "The coaches kept Wiz out yesterday," an observer told us. The much-traveled Mike Lucian stepped in as the replacement. "I expect they will rest Wiz this week and play Lucian," another observer said. As an aside, in the past week Lucian has gone from tight end to defensive tackle in Monday's practice to offensive guard when Wisniewski was injured.

In terms of the tight end situation, Andrew Quarless and Mickey Shuler are both practicing this week. But both are still "struggling with [ankle] injuries."

On a positive note, senior linebacker Sean Lee has been running in practice. Lee tore the ACL in his right knee last spring and is redshirting this year.

"He's been doing run workouts on the turf field with Jeremy recently," an observer said, referring to PSU speed coach Jeremy Scott. is THE source for exclusive, inside coverage of Penn State football.


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