Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. exited Saturday’s game vs. Penn State with a shoulder injury and will not return, according to a report from the ABC game telecast.
Penix was brought down by two Nittany Lions defenders trying to extend a third-down play in the third quarter. He got up grabbing his left shoulder (his throwing shoulder), prompting Indiana trainers to work on him on the field. He later exited the game and then headed straight toward the locker room.
According to the telecast, Indiana said the injury is “not good” and it is “trying to determine (Penix’s) status for the rest of the season.”
Penix struggled in the game before leaving, completing 10 of 22 passes for 118 yards and an interception. He was also credited with two rushes for 8 yards. Saturday’s game wasn’t the only time he struggled this year; he completed less than 50 percent of his passes and combined for two touchdowns and six interceptions in losses to Iowa and Cincinnati. He did rebound against Western Kentucky, completing 35 of 53 passes for 373 yards.
If Penix’s injury knocks him out for the remainder of the season, it would be his fourth consecutive season-ending injury.
Penix played in three games his first year at Indiana in 2018 before suffering a torn ACL in a loss vs. Penn State. The next year, he could only play in six games before injuring himself in a win over Northwestern and undergoing season-ending surgery to repair an injury to his right sternoclavicular joint (where the clavicle meets the sternum).
Penix suffered his third season-ending injury in 2020 when he tore his ACL in a November win over Maryland. He was able to return in time to start for the Hoosiers in 2021.
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