• Lehman out for year; Carter, Hull ‘day-to-day’

    Penn State tight end Matt Lehman, who suffered a serious injury to his left knee in a win over Syracuse, will not play again this season, coach Bill O’Brien said Tuesday.

    The 6-6, 262-pound Lehman, a senior from Newport, was injured without contact when he tried to make a cut on a pass pattern in the second quarter of the 23-17 victory Saturday. He immediately grabbed his knee and was carted off the field.

    “I absolutely love guys like Matt, guys who overcame the odds,” O’Brien said. “He’s at Shippensburg, he comes here, he tries out and he makes the team. A year later he’s on scholarship.

    “He’s really, really worked hard to improve his game. He came back and had a fantastic training camp. I’ve seen a lot of knee injuries who have gone onto to have tremendous careers. He’s a guy who falls into that category.”

    Lehman caught 24 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns last season

    “If he’s willing to work at it, I think he has a future in football,” O’Brien said.

    Tight end Kyle Carter, whose left arm was wrapped after he was shaken up Saturday, and linebacker Mike Hull, who sat out the second half with an injury to his right knee, are “day-to-day,” according to O’Brien.

    He said he didn’t know if Carter or Hull will play against Eastern Michigan (1-0) Saturday at noon at Beaver Stadium (TV-Big Ten Network).

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