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Report: NIU linebacker Kyle Pugh out for season due to ruptured bicep tendon

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The Huskies second leading tackler will undergo surgery this week, per reports.

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The road to Detroit just got a little tougher for the Northern Illinois Huskies.

It was announced yesterday that sophomore linebacker Kyle Pugh will undergo surgery today to repair a ruptured bicep tendon and will miss the rest of the year. He suffered the injury in last Saturday’s games against the #19 San Diego State Aztecs.

The news was first reported by the Daily-Chronicle’s Josh Tolentino.

Pugh tore his bicep in the fourth quarter when he attempted to tackle SDSU running back Rashaad Penny. Amazingly, he stayed in for the rest of the drive before leaving the field.

So far in four games this year, Pugh has been the second-leading tackler for the Huskies, talling 35 tackles (15 solo), including a 17 tackle performance against Boston College. Pugh also has a tackle for a loss, a pass break-up, an interception, and two QB Hurries.

It looks like senior Alex Schwab will fill in for Pugh from here on out. Schwab is no stranger to the field, as he appeared in all 12 games last year, recording 30 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and a sack.