Penn State head coach James Franklin announced on Tuesday that linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury. He sustained the injury in the Nittany Lions’ 34-27 win over Temple on Saturday. Franklin had this to say about the fifth-year senior (via Yahoo)
“I feel terrible for Nyeem Wartman-White. He will be out for the season, which is obviously significant. He’s worked really, really hard and has had an unbelievable attitude and from a leadership standpoint as well. Obviously we’re here to support Nyeem every step of the way.”
It’s a devastating blow to the 23-year-old, especially considering he missed nearly all of the 2015 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in the season opener. Wartman-White picked up 14 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, in the three games prior to going down this season. His latest injury occurred while blocking on a fourth-down play late in the first quarter.
Wartman-White received a medical redshirt for the 2012 season after suffering another knee injury. He was extremely productive during a healthy 2014 campaign, racking up 75 tackles in 11 games. He could apply for a medical redshirt that would make him eligible for a sixth season in 2017 should he choose to do so.
A couple of other veteran linebackers, Brandon Bell and Jason Cabinda, may also miss this Saturday’s game against the Michigan Wolverines. Bell was seen on crutches after leaving last week’s game with a lower body injury, while Cabinda hasn’t played since Week 1 with a thumb injury. Manny Bowen and Jake Cooper could start on the outside with Brandon Smith in the middle.