Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti was carted off the field during the first quarter of the Nittany Lions' matchup with Indiana on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett via Twitter:
Michael Mauti and Fitz Toussaint both being carted off. Two awful developments early on in Big Ten action.— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) November 17, 2012
UPDATE: Monday, November 19 at 1:40 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Michael Mauti will not be in the lineup on Saturday when the Nittany Lions take on the Wisconsin Badgers.
According to Ben Jones of StateCollege.com, the team officially announced the news on Monday.
Penn State announces that linebacker Michael Mauti is out this week against Wisconsin.— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) November 19, 2012
We'll keep you updated right here with any new information on when or if Mauti can return this season from this knee injury suffered last week against Indiana.
UPDATE: Saturday, November 17 at 3:10 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Michael Mauti on the sideline on crutches.— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) November 17, 2012
---End of Update---
The 6'2", 230-pound senior has 93 tackles, three interceptions and 2.5 sacks in 10 games this season for Penn State. Mauti, who's a native of Mandeville, Louisiana, is considered to be one of the top five inside linebackers coming out of college football this year, according to ESPN.
Mauti leads the Nittany Lions in total tackles, solo tackles and interceptions this fall. It would be a huge blow for Bill O'Brien's squad if the senior leader is forced to miss the team's season finale next week because of his injury.
Penn State is 6-4 and will conclude its season on Saturday, November 24 vs. Big Ten leader and division rival Wisconsin.
Keep it right here for more information on Michael Mauti's status as it becomes available.
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