Lions' Williams to miss Orange Bowl with broken arm

Updated: December 29, 2005, 6:59 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Penn State receiver Derrick Williams has been ruled out for the Orange Bowl because of an arm injury that sidelined the freshman for two months.

Coach Joe Paterno said Thursday that Williams, who has been out with a broken left arm, will sit out the No. 3 Nittany Lions' game against No. 22 Florida State on Tuesday.

"Derrick Williams is worth a touchdown, but I doubt, really, if he'll play," Paterno said.

Williams was a key player for Penn State's high-powered offense until breaking his arm in a 27-25 loss to Michigan on Oct. 15. He caught one touchdown pass and ran for three other scores.

Paterno said the injury was so severe that doctors were concerned that there could be nerve damage.

"So, I don't think it's worth the kid's future; he has a great future, so I doubt he will play," Paterno said.

Williams said he was disappointed by the news but understood his coach's concern.


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