Less than a week into spring football practice at Penn State, two players that the coaching staff hoped would make major contributions in 2011 have gone down with leg injuries that likely will keep them sidelined at least until preseason workouts begin in August.
First redshirt sophomore wide receiver Curtis Drake fractured his left tibia, his second such injury in as many years. Drake’s injury immediately forces true freshman Bill Belton into the backup slot receiver role.
Te day after Drake’s injury redshirt junior Pete Massaro left the field with an injury to his left knee. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today to determine the nature and severity of the injury. Two sources close to the program, however, described it as “serious” and he could well miss all of next season.
Massaro, a 6-4, 264-pound defensive end, redshirted in 2008 and sat out the 2009 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Blue-White spring game. He recovered in time to start the last 11 games of the 2010 season, registering 37 total tackles (20 unassisted), including eight behind the line of scrimmage and 3 1/2 sacks. He also forced one fumble and recovered another.