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Penn State Football: Running Back Journey Brown May Miss 2020 Season Due to Medical Condition

by on October 19, 2020 11:45 PM

Penn State running back Journey Brown may miss the 2020 season due to undisclosed medical condition. The news was first reported by Lions247 and confirmed by Penn State to on late Monday night.

"Journey Brown is being treated for a medical condition discovered during the offseason and will potentially miss the 2020 football season," a Penn State spokesperson said.

As mentioned, the nature of the medical condition has not been confirmed by Penn State, nor has the timing of the discovery or how far along Brown is into any potential treatment plans. Additionally it is unknown what Brown's prospects truly are for returning to play for any part of the 2020 season.

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Penn State is set to open its season this Saturday against Indiana in Bloomington before heading back to State College to face Ohio State in Week 2.

Brown was Penn State's leading returning rusher following a solid 2019 campaign that saw him average 6.9 yards per carry en route to 890 yards and 12 touchdowns. The then-sophomore's best performance came during the Nittany Lions' postseason Cotton Bowl appearance where he rushed for 202 yards on 16 carries including a long and physical touchdown run early in Penn State's eventual 53-39 victory.

While Brown's absence is an obvious blow to Penn State's roster and a potentially devastating moment in his career, functionally the Nittany Lions will turn to a still-talented running back room led by the sophomore combo of Noah Cain and Devyn Ford as well as true freshman Caziah Holmes.

Penn State coach James Franklin is slated to speak to the media on Tuesday for his previously scheduled Week 1 press conference.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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