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PSU offense could take big hit if TE Carter has to miss time with ankle injury

October 30, 2012 - Cory Giger
Penn State already had lost the game, but in the closing moments Saturday night it also might have lost one of its best players to injury.

Tight end Kyle Carter caught a TD pass with 1:41 to play in the 35-23 loss to Ohio State. It wasn't apparent to many at the time, but Carter injured his left ankle on the play and had it heavily wrapped walking off the field after the game.

Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that Carter is day-to-day and noted his status for Saturday's game at Purdue won't be known until later this week.

"He seems to be doing OK," O'Brien said on his weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference (his regularly scheduled press conference was pushed back to today because of Hurricane Sandy).

Day-to-day can mean just that, but it should be pointed out that O'Brien consistently said running back Bill Belton was day-to-day with an ankle injury earlier this season, and he missed three games.

Carter is having one of the best seasons ever by a Nittany Lion tight end. The redshirt freshman has 35 catches, just six shy of the PSU record of 41 set by Andrew Quarless in 2009.

As much as O'Brien likes to throw to the tight ends, losing Carter for any length of time could be a big blow to the offense. He has more catches than all the other tight ends combined (27).

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