Keith Wenning undergoes knee surgery

Joe Robbins

The Cardinals could be without their star quarterback for the season opener.

Some discouraging news came out of Muncie, Ind., Saturday at the Ball State Cardinals fall camp. It appears that the team might be without stud quarterback Keith Wenning for a little while as he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this morning.

Wenning is the key component of an offense poised to challenge the two-time MAC West champion Northern Illinois Huskies. He's arguably one of the best players in the conference, losing him for any amount of time would be a huge blow.

While everyone is calling the procedure minor, and he is expected to be ready to go by the season opener, it's never good to see your star player undergoing any form of surgery this close to the season.

Even if he is ready to go by the season opener against Illinois State, missing time during the Cardinals fall camp is all but certain. The team benefits from two easy home games to start the season, which should provide some extra time for Wenning to get up to full speed. But this certainly has to leave the Ball State coaching staff worried about possible complications as the season develops. Should Wenning not be able to go to start the season, the Cardinals will have to turn to sophomore backup Kyle Kamman, a player who has taken just one pass in his college career.

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