Penn State Wide Receiver Parker Washington Out For Season With Undisclosed Injury

Penn State wide receiver Parker Washington will be out for the remainder of the season, James Franklin announced in his Tuesday press conference.

Rumors of Washington’s unexpected injury started to swirl around Twitter Friday evening. The 5’10”, 215-pound wide receiver then didn’t take the field for warmups before Saturday’s game. Franklin announced after the game that he wanted to wait until his Tuesday press conference to confirm Washington’s status.

The Sugar Land, Texas native will finish the season with 46 catches for 611 receiving yards and two touchdowns, averaging a lengthy 13.3 yards per reception. He had his best game of the season in Penn State’s 44-31 loss to Ohio State when he caught 11 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in a career day.

Now, the Nittany Lions will be forced to deal without Washington for the last two games of the season, a player who could have made a massive impact in a potential New Year’s Six bowl game. Perhaps, this will be a good chance for Omari Evans or Trey Wallace to step up and show they are capable of being in Penn State’s main rotation of receivers. The group already did a fine job of handling his absence in Saturday’s win over Rutgers.

This injury will surely raise questions for Washington, who is eligible for the NFL Draft at the end of this season. It could be reasonable to predict that he’ll now spend at least one extra season in Happy Valley before declaring for the draft. Franklin was asked about Washington’s status for next year, but he said that those conversations haven’t been had yet.

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