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By Allen Moff | Staff writer
Kent State senior speedster Dri Archer and and senior left guard Pat McShane have been all but ruled out of Saturday's gridiron battle at Big Ten power Penn State.
"Dri's probably not going to play, and McShane's probably not going to play," said Golden Flashes first-year coach Paul Haynes following Wednesday's practice.
Archer injured his left ankle during the first quarter of the Flashes' season-opening victory over Liberty. He missed the following game against Bowling Green, then started last Saturday at LSU but once again did not make it through the first quarter before aggravating the injury.
McShane, one of only two starters returning on Kent State's offensive line, suffered a knee injury early in preseason camp. He missed the opener, then played some against Bowling Green before sitting out last week's game against the Tigers.
While Haynes would love to have Archer and McShane available to face the Nittany Lions, their effectiveness would be limited by their injuries. He's hoping to get both players close to 100 percent when the defending MAC East Division champion Flashes (1-2, 0-1 MAC) get back into conference play on Sept. 28 at Western Michigan.
Haynes did say that starting senior strong safety Luke Wollet "will probably give it a go" against Penn State. Wollet, Kent State's leading tackler, battled through knee and shoulder injuries at LSU.
The Flashes are a 20-point underdog against the Nittany Lions. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
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