A redshirt junior, Bars suffered the injury in his right posterior ankle while working out, according to Dr. Peter Seidenberg, the Nittany Lions' team physician. Dr. Scott Lynch, the team's orthopedic physician, will operate on Bars within the next several days and his rehabilitation is expected to take approximately 4-6 months, according to Seidenberg.
The 6-3, 251-pound Bars was expected to challenge for significant playing time this season for Coach Bill O'Brien's squad. He was second the post-spring depth chart at one of the defensive end spots. The former Montgomery Bell Academy standout played in eight games last year, recording two tackles in the win over Navy in O'Brien's first career victory.
A Dean's List student, Bars is one of the squad's premier students, owning a 3.77 grade-point average in finance through the spring semester. Bars earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2012 Fall semester and was selected to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team. He is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and is on schedule to graduate next spring.
Bars was a redshirt during the 2010 season and will have one season of eligibility remaining after the 2013 season.
--Penn State Athletic Communications--