As we initially reported early on Thursday morning, Penn State running back Austin Scott suffered a knee injury in the closing moments of the team's scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon on a goal-line play.
Scott sustained a mid-air hit after hurdling a defender on the ground on a touchdown attempt. During the hit a second defender grabbed his leg to make the stop, which twisted his knee on the takedown, causing the injury.
A reliable source within the program now says that the extent of Scott's injured knee is a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL), which may require surgery to repair.
Though the exact extent of the required recovery time is unclear, it is expected that Scott could sit out for the 2006 season, in which case he would take his redshirt year to recover.
On Thursday afternoon, Penn State sports information offered a brief statement saying indications were that Scott's injury was "not serious" and that his status for the April 22 Blue-White game would not be known until next week.
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With Tony Hunt (ankle), Scott (knee) and Nick Pincheck (hamstring) all sidelined with injuries, the running back position must look to Rodney Kinlaw and Matt Hahn to carry the load through the remainder of spring practice. Hunt has seen action this spring, but in very limited fashion because he is a seasoned veteran and also so he can facilitate his recovery from the high ankle sprain sustained in the Orange Bowl.
This is the second consecutive off-season in which Scott has missed time due to injury. He missed most of spring practice in 2005 with an ankle injury.
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