Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Penn State defensive end stops playing due to back issue

Penn State defensive end Jordan Kerner has decided to end his career because of a back injury but will remain with the team.

Penn State defensive end stops playing due to back issue

Penn State football coach Bill O´Brien. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

The Penn State football program announced Wednesday on its Twitter account that defensive end Jordan Kerner has decided to end his playing career because of a back injury, but will stay with the team in some capacity.

The Altoona Mirror reported that Kerner, a 6-foot-4, 239-pound redshirt freshman from Fairview, Pa., has a bulging disc in his lower back. Kerner told the newspaper that doctors advised him against playing because he risked further injury and discomfort later in life.

Kerner redshirted his freshman year and did not play in 2012 because of the injury.

Kerner is the third player to stop playing for the Nittany Lions since the end of last season. Tailback Curtis Dukes and linebacker Brennan Franklin did not return to school for the spring semester.

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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