• Kline suffers season-ending injury

    Penn State linebacker Ben Kline suffered a torn pectoral muscle last Saturday against Minnesota and will miss the final three games, coach Bill O’Brien said Tuesday.

    Kline, a redshirt sophomore from Dallastown, had been dealing with a shoulder injury that will require offseason surgery. He’ll first undergo surgery on his pectoral muscle.

    “He’s a tremendous kid,” O’Brien said. “He tore it on the second play and he played the rest of the game. I just can’t say enough about him. He’s a 4.0 student. We’re going to miss him.”

    Kline made his first career starts the last two games against Minnesota and Illinois, making four tackles against the Golden Gophers and eight against the Illini.

    Nyeem Wartman, who Kline replaced in the lineup, or Stephen Obeng-Agyapong will start when the Nittany Lions (2-3 Big Ten, 5-4) face Purdue (0-5, 1-8) Saturday at Beaver Stadium (12 p.m.; TV-Big Ten Network).

    “We’re looking forward to Ben coming back and being one of our leaders next year,” O’Brien said. “He’s a tough kid, kind of like Mike Yancich (who was a senior last year). They’re tough dudes who love Penn State and who love football.”

    In addition, wide receiver Allen Robinson suffered a mild shoulder injury against Minnesota. O’Brien said he expects Robinson to play against Purdue.

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