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Penn State vs. Purdue: D'Anton Lynn, Brandon Beachum Not Expected To Play Against Boilermakers

Coach Joe Paterno believes he'll be without cornerback D'Anton Lynn and running back Brandon Beachum for the Homecoming game against Purdue on Saturday.

Joe Paterno held his weekly press conference on Tuesday afternoon at Beaver Stadium and reviewed the Nittany Lions' injury situation heading into this week's Homecoming matchup against Purdue. The news doesn't look good for D'Anton Lynn and running back Brandon Beachum.

Paterno said both are still practicing in green cross jerseys, meaning they're not yet ready for contact. Lynn has been out since the second half of the Eastern Illinois game with concussion symptoms. Beachum has not played since Penn State's 14-10 win against Temple on Sept. 17 after suffering a sprained ankle in practice in the lead up to the Eastern Illinois game.

"Both of those kids I had felt at the beginning of the year would be leaders on our football team," Paterno said. "I'd love to have them both back."

The coach did say, though, that he expects the team will get cornerback Stephon Morris back for this week's game, as he's been practicing with the team this week. Morris was injured against Indiana and didn't play against Iowa last Saturday.

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