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Penn State Coach James Franklin Says Safety Ryan Keiser Suffered Rib And Bowel Injury, Does Not Have Infection

Earlier today, a pretty messy situation popped up in State College, Pa. A report said that senior safety Ryan Keiser suffered a broken rib and torn bowels, which led to him developing the life-threatening infection sepsis. Keiser was reportedly brought in for emergency surgery, and he is in critical condition.

However, that report was refuted by Penn State assistant athletic director Jeff Nelson, who said that Keiser "does not have any infections," but would not specify the extent of Keiser's injury.

Nittany Lions football coach James Franklin addressed the situation today, and shed some light on Keiser's current status. According to Franklin, Keiser did suffer a rib injury and get surgery for torn bowels. Franklin also said that "there is no infection."

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Franklin did say that he isn't allowed to disclose anything more than that. When asked if he could confirm that Keiser had sepsis, Nelson had no comment.

">@GoPSUJeff was asked if he could confirm that Ryan Keiser had Sepsis, as a family member posted on Facebook. He had no comment.

— Onward State (@OnwardState)

Spokesman @GoPSUJeff was asked if he could confirm that Ryan Keiser had Sepsis, as a family member posted on Facebook. He had no comment.

— Onward State (@OnwardState) October 28, 2014

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As we pointed out earlier, all of these updates are in the present tense, and it's a bit odd that Keiser's family would give one update on his health status while the university would say something else. No matter which side is "correct" in this instance, hopefully Keiser is able to recover from what sounds like a pretty nasty injury.