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Penn State Suffers Loss at LB

Sophomore linebacker Ben Kline to have surgery on torn chest muscle.
UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - Penn State's linebacker corps is a little thinner now for the final three games of the year.
Head coach Bill O’Brien Tuesday announced that Ben Kline's season is over.

The sophomore outside linebacker tore one of his chest muscles on the second play of Saturday's game at Minnesota.

He continued to play - tallying four total tackles - but will undergo season-ending surgery this week.

O’Brien expects Kline to rehab through the offseason through this injury as well as an injured shoulder that will also require surgery.
For now, he expects Kline to continue influence this year's team off the field.

“You know we're looking forward to you coming back here and being one of our leaders next year and I still want you around the program right now,” O’Brien told Kline. “So he's in the meetings. He was out at practice last night. I look at Ben Kline as just a tough kid. I would expect him to come back and play well for us.”

With the loss of Kline at linebacker, O’Brien says Stephen Obeng-Agyapong could see more time at that spot.
Brandon Bell could enter the rotation at linebacker as well.
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