Penn State has been extremely unfortunate when it comes to the health of the team’s linebackers this season.
All three starting linebackers — Jason Cabinda, Brandon Bell and Nyeem Wartman-White — missed Saturday’s blowout loss to Michigan. Wartman-White, it was announced last week, is done for the season.
As for Cabinda and Bell, the Nittany Lions are hoping to get them back on the field “sooner than later,” Franklin noted Tuesday at his weekly press conference.
On injured #PennState LBs Jason Cabinda and Brandon Bell, Franklin says he hopes to get them back "sooner rather than later."
— Mark Wogenrich (@MarkWogenrich) September 27, 2016
But he also said there’s a “possibility” the two are out for another month.
Franklin on if Bell, Cabinda could be out for extended period: "Yeah, I guess there is a possibility. Possibility is a pretty broad term."
— Erin McCarthy (@ErinMcPSU) September 27, 2016
Penn State was getting linebacker reps from true freshman Cam Brown, sophomore Manny Bowen and walk-on Brandon Smith. After Smith was ejected against Michigan for a questionable targeting call, Jan Johnson took over his spot. Johnson suffered a season-ending right knee injury just a few plays later.
Franklin: "In my 22 years of doing this, I've never been part of a team that's lost three linebackers."
— Josh Moyer (@ESPNJoshMoyer) September 27, 2016