Clifford status unknown

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was knocked out of Saturday’s game on a hard hit by Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell in the second quarter.

He was holding his back when he jogged to the locker room. He returned without pads and was done for the game.

How much longer he remains out is uncertain. The Lions are idle this Saturday before resuming Oct. 23 against Illinois.

James Franklin generally doesn’t comment on injuries, unless they’re season-ending, and he had little information on Clifford after the Nittany Lions’ 23-20 defeat.

“No, I don’t at this stage,” Franklin said. “As you guys know, I don’t get into injuries a whole lot.”

In addition to Clifford, the Lions lost defensive tackle P.J. Mustipher (knee) and several others.

The crowd at Kinnick Stadium booed Penn State’s players who were on the field after being injured, as if the Lions were doing it intentionally.

That didn’t sit well with Franklin.

“I do have a little bit of a hard time with our players getting hurt and the fans, the coaches and the staff booing our players,” Franklin said. “It was not part of our plan. Obviously, we didn’t want Cliff, P.J., Lovett, Ford and Sutherland, guys who play significant football for us, to get injured. I don’t think that’s the right thing for college football — booing guys that get hurt.”

The players took it in stride.

“It’s a great stadium and they have great fans,” safety Jaquan Brisker said. “It is what it is.”


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