Penn State announced Thursday that Brad Bars, a redshirt junior defensive end, will miss the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon suffered during a workout earlier this week.
The 6-foot-3, 251-pound Bars, who is from Nashville, is expected to need four to six months of rehabilitation after surgery, team physician Peter Seidenberg said.
After spring practice, Bars was listed as No. 2 on the depth chart at one defensive end position behind C.J. Olaniyan.
Bars, who has a 3.77 grade point average as a finance major, played in eight games on defense and special teams last season and recorded two tackles. Because he redshirted during his freshman season in 2010, he will have one year of eligibility remaining after this season.