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PSU punter Fera undergoes appendectomy, will miss rest of regular season

November 17, 2010 - Cory Giger
Penn State punter Anthony Fera underwent surgery to remove his appendix Wednesday and is expected to miss the final two games of the regular season.

"Pretty scary stuff," Fera wrote on his Facebook page about the surgery.

Recovery time for an appendectomy is generally anywhere from one to two weeks, depending on when it was caught and the procedure performed. It can be significantly longer if the appendix had burst, but it's not known if that was the case with Fera.

True freshman Alex Butterworth is listed as the backup punter on this week's depth chart. He is from Heritage Christian High School in Indianapolis.

Place-kicker Collin Wagner should be in line to take over Fera's duties on kickoffs.

Fera, a redshirt freshman, has had a solid season, averaging 41.6 yards on 43 punts, with eight going for more than 50 yards and 13 inside the 20.

It may not be a huge loss for Penn State on Saturday considering Indiana gave up 83 points last week, so the Lions may not have to punt much. Fera's loss could be more significant when PSU hosts Michigan State next week.

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