UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State starting defensive end Pete Massaro is expected to miss the 2011 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Friday, a source said today.
Massaro, a 6-foot-4, 264-pound redshirt junior, was injured when his foot got caught in the turf during practice.
He was the Nittany Lions' best big-play down lineman last year. He had 37 tackles, including eight for losses, and 3 1/2 sacks while starting the final 11 games.
Massaro also missed the 2009 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in the Blue-White spring game.
Massaro's injury is a big blow for Penn State's defense, which already is thin at the end position since Jack Crawford (foot) and Eric Latimore (wrist) are sitting out spring drills with injuries.
Junior Sean Stanley and redshirt freshmen Kyle Baublitz and C.J. Olaniyan are working at the end spot in Massaro's absence.
Penn State also lost projected starting wide receiver Curtis Drake for the rest of the spring with a fractured left tibia. He had the same injury seven months ago and his status remains uncertain for the fall.
Also today, Penn State picked up its fourth recruit for the Class of 2012 when South Allegheny High School tight end Jesse James made a verbal commitment.
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