LB Posluszny won't need knee surgery

Updated: January 6, 2006, 4:03 PM ET
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- All-American linebacker Paul Posluszny will not need surgery after partially tearing two ligaments in his right knee during Penn State's FedEx Orange Bowl victory.

He will undergo about six to eight weeks of rehabilitation, said Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, the team doctor. Posluszny, a junior, had said he was considering forgoing his senior year to enter the NFL draft.

It is unclear how the injury will affect his decision. In a statement released by the school, Posluszny said Penn State's medical staff outlined his rehab routine and he was "anxious to get started and get ready for the upcoming year."

If he returns to Penn State, he probably will participate in spring practice, which starts in late March. That could ease coach Joe Paterno's task of replacing seven senior starters on defense.

Posluszny, the winner of awards for the nation's best defensive player and top linebacker, injured his posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, the school said.

He was carted off the field after trying to jump over Florida State blocker Lorenzo Booker during a drive late in the fourth quarter that ended with the Seminoles tying the score at 16-16. Booker's helmet hit Posluszny's knee.

The Nittany Lions won 26-23 in triple overtime.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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