James Franklin Updates Injury Status of Several Nittany Lions

By Matt de Bear on October 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm
Sep 15, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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James Franklin is typically pretty coy when it comes to injury updates. About all we ever get out of the head coach is an announcement that an injury is season ending, or that a player is banged up. On Tuesday afternoon during his weekly press conference, however, he was in a slightly more generous mood. The Penn State head coach announced that several players are expected back for Saturday's homecoming game vs. Michigan State.

  • Shane Simmons took care of proclaiming himself back on social media, but Franklin confirmed the news. The staff is hoping to get at least 10-15 snaps out of the redshirt sophomore. His return will be a big boost to the Nittany Lions defensive front.
  • Leading wide receiver, and electrifying returner K.J. Hamler was knocked out of the Ohio State game on a vicious shot to the head. No update was provided after the game, but Franklin revealed today that Hamler is good to go on Saturday.
  • The Nittany Lions have not had a full stable of tight ends yet this season. Danny Dalton has missed the last three games, while Nick Bowers has only played in the last two. Jonathan Holland did not appear vs. Ohio State, but there was no word on whether that was injury related. Franklin expects all three, plus freshman starter Pat Freiermuth, to all be available for the first time in 2018 vs. the Spartans.
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