Nittany Lion linebacker Sean Lee tore his ACL during practice on Friday, ending his season. This is a devastating blow to both Lee and the Penn State defense. Lee would have been the mainstay of the linebacker corps this year. He will undergo reconstructive surgery, after which he will embark upon a nine-month rehabilitation journey.
Lee still has one more year of eligibility after this season, which he’ll watch from the sidelines.
This is a major loss for several reasons, not the least of which is that Lee would have been a spiritual leader of a team that has had a leadership void ever since Michael Robinson departed. His leadership will now have to take place off the field. It is ironic that the defensive unit has been the biggest band of outlaws in the off-field crap, give or take an Austin Scott or a Chris Bell, and now it will have to rely on [cough] Anthony Scirrotto for direction.
The implications regarding Lee’s future professional career are rendered uncertain by this injury. He had been regarded as a top NFL draft prospect heretofore.
The defense didn’t need any significant losses this year. Yet here we are, losing arguably the best defensive player.