UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State starting defensive end Pete Massaro injured his left knee Friday in practice. He was hurt when his foot caught in the turf and is scheduled to have an MRI today.
A source said Massaro's injury likely is serious, but his mother, Lisa, said, "We're hoping for the best."
Massaro, a 6-foot-4, 264-pound redshirt junior, 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.
He missed the 2009 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the Blue-White spring game.
Earlier this week, Penn State lost projected starting wide receiver Curtis Drake for rest of the spring with a fractured left tibia. He had the same injury seven months ago.
Also Friday, the Lions got their second verbal commitment for the Class of 2012, landing Camren Williams (6-2, 200), a linebacker from Catholic Memorial High in West Roxbury, Mass., and the son of former NFL defensive lineman Brent Williams.
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