PSU LB Kline tears Achilles

Penn State already was looking at a thin linebacker group this season, and the unit got even more depleted Tuesday when junior Ben Kline suffered a torn Achilles tendon, according to

Kline will miss “significant time,” the website reported, and that could be the entire season given how long it takes for an Achilles to heal.

Kline was expected to compete for significant playing time as a starter or key reserve, but his absence creates a bigger void at linebacker. Coach James Franklin has said offensive line and linebacker are his two biggest concerns because of depth problems.

Penn State’s defense might be forced to play schemes with only two linebackers for a bulk of time and have five defensive backs on the field along with projected starters Mike Hull and Nyeem Wartman.

Kline has had a tough time staying healthy as he’s had shoulder and pectoral injuries that have limited his playing time.