DeKALB – Northern Illinois sophomore linebacker Kyle Pugh will be sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a torn bicep during last week’s game at San Diego State, announced by coach Rod Carey Tuesday.
Pugh will undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday to repair a ruptured bicep tendon. Carey said expected recovery time is at least six months.
Pugh injured his arm during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game, when he attempted to tackle SDSU running back Rashaad Penny. He stayed in the game for the rest of the drive.
"I feel terrible for Kyle," Carey said. "He's obviously been playing great. He's really one of the vocal leaders of our defense. My heart goes out for him ... He's got two years (left), I know he'll be back and ready to go."
In four games this year, Pugh has totaled 35 tackles, which ranks second best on the team. His 17 tackles against Boston College are the most by any NIU player this season.
The Huskies could turn to senior linebacker Alex Schwab to start in Pugh’s place. As a reserve last season, Schwab appeared in all 12 games finishing with 30 tackles.