Ben Kline
Ben Kline (John A. Pavoncello)

Ben Kline's injury-plagued career at Penn State has apparently hit another painful roadblock.

According to the website Lions247, which covers PSU football, the Dallastown High School graduate has a torn Achilles tendon that occurred during a summer workout on Tuesday.

Go here for the full Lions247 report.

If the report is true, Kline will likely miss significant time.

The redshirt junior was expected to compete for a starting linebacker job this season.

Kline has battled injuries during his career in Happy Valley.

Last season he struggled with shoulder and pectoral injuries and saw action in six games, including two starts. He tallied 18 tackles, nine of them solo shots. He missed the last three games of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle in Penn State's 24-10 loss at Minnesota on Nov. 9.

He did not see contact action in spring practice.

Kline is president of Penn State's Uplifting Athletes chapter. During a stop in York in May, new PSU head coach James Franklin heaped praise upon Kline.

"I'll tell you this. He hasn't done anything athletically since we've got there, but Ben Kline has a presence," Franklin said. "He's a tremendous leader. He's respected unbelievably by his teammates. He's involved with every aspect of community service that you could possibly be involved in. He took a trip down to D.C. (for Rare Disease Awareness Day in the winter). He does everything. Every time I'm on Twitter he's doing something in the community."


Franklin has a policy of not commenting on player injuries. Jeff Nelson, the PSU assistant athletic director for communications, said he did not have any information on Kline's reported injury.

In May, Kline was named to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy. First created in 2004 and named in honor of former University of Southern California defensive back Ronnie Lott, the IMPACT trophy is given to college football's defensive player of the year. IMPACT is an acronym for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. He was one of 42 players named to the preseason watch list for the award.

Kline, a finance major, owns a 3.85 grade-point average and last fall was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team for the second straight year.