Stevens has foot injury

DE?Brown retires due to injuries

Two weeks from the season opener, Penn State backup quarterback and starting “lion” Tommy Stevens showed up to team photo day Saturday wearing a walking boot on his right foot and carrying crutches.

Exactly what that means for Stevens’ availability at the outset of the season remains to be seen. There were no player or coach interviews during Saturday’s photo shoot at Beaver Stadium, so no health updates were available.

Stevens tried to calm things down Saturday afternoon when he tweeted, “Don’t Panic!”

Stevens also wore a boot on his right foot during spring ball and missed the Blue-White Game, and it’s unclear if this latest issue is related to that previous one.

The Nittany Lions, of course, have a star quarterback in Trace McSorley, a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate, and Stevens won’t see much action at the position unless something happens to McSorley.

But Stevens is expected to be a key part of the offense at the newly created lion position, which would have him available to run, catch or throw the ball on any given play.

Penn State’s third-string quarterback is redshirt freshman Sean Clifford, who has impressed the coaches but has never taken a college snap.

The Lions open the season Sept. 1 against Appalachian State.

SUBHD: DE Brown retires

Defensive end Torrence Brown announced Saturday night that his Penn State career is over due to “multiple injuries and surgeries.”

“It has been tough coming to terms with this news but I know that everything happens for a reason and God will continue to guide me,” Brown wrote on Twitter.

Brown started the first three games last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Georgia State. He had appeared in all 27 games over the previous two seasons.

“I will still be a part of the team for this upcoming season supporting from the sidelines,” Brown tweeted. “I’m looking forward to graduating this winter and getting my degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the country.

“My career isn’t over, this is just a bump in the road. Thank you to everyone who has, and continues to support me.”

Brown is the second PSU defensive end to retire in the past four days. Ryan Buchholz did so for medical reasons on Wednesday.