According to @Lions247 insider Sean Fitz (@seanfitz247), Penn State redshirt junior Ben Kilne has torn his Achilles’ tendon during summer workouts on Tuesday afternoon.
— Lions247 (@Lions247) June 25, 2014
An injury of this magnitude generally requires a recovery period of between 4-6 months. If the rehab process falls on the latter side, it will likely force Kline to sit out the entire year.
The Dallastown, PA native was likely to be in competition this season for a starting LB spot; a posistion already thin on the depth chart. Last season Kline was limited to just six games due to a shoulder injury that plagued him for the better part of the year. In those games Kline made 18 tackles including a sack.
With the loss of Kline at LB, players like redshirt sophomores Nyeem Wartman and Gary Wooten along with true sophomore Brandon Bell, already expected to play significant minutes, will be called upon to play an even bigger role. Also look for true freshman Troy Reeder to get a strong look at early playing time. And, depending on the look employed by new defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, Nittany Lion fans may see true freshman Koa Farmer receive some snaps in a LB/DB hybrid role that Stephen Obeng-Agayapong played in 2013.
No matter how Penn State chooses to fill the loss of Ben Kline, his absence will create a void at a position it can already ill-afford see decimated by injuries, especially during summer and pre-season workouts.
Aside from being a linebacker, Kline also is the president of Penn State’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes as well as being an Academic All-Big Ten selection.