James Franklin provided an update on starting quarterback, Sean Clifford, during his weekly press availability after practice on Wednesday.
Penn State's James Franklin says that QB Sean Clifford is "doing everything he possibly can to get back as soon as he can."— Mark Wogenrich (@MarkWogenrich) October 13, 2021
Franklin added that "what hes dealing with is not uncommon at the quarterback position. Otherwise, "nothing's been decided or determined."
The good news is that it doesn't sound like the injury will keep Clifford out for an extended period of time. This was generally assumed when the senior was seen throwing a football and moving around normally on the sideline against Iowa, but the update from Franklin cements the idea that the undisclosed injury doesn't appear to be one that will end his season at this point.
Clifford has been outstanding to begin the 2021 season, throwing for 1,482 yards and completing 66.3% of his passes through a little less than five and a half games. His grasp of the offense and his decision-making have been thoroughly impressive and the Nittany Lions are capable of beating anyone when he is on the field.
The smart money is likely on backup Ta'Quan Roberson drawing the start against Illinois given how poorly the Illini have played and the fact that a trip to Columbus to face Ohio State looms a week later. Franklin and the coaching staff will want to give Clifford as long as they can to heal up as much as he can before the biggest game of the season.
It was a welcomed and positive update from Franklin, especially after the disappointing news that defensive tackle PJ Mustipher is done for the season with what appeared, at the time, to be a lower leg injury.
Roar Lions Roar will continue to keep you updated on Clifford's status as more information becomes available.