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Sean Clifford returns to PSU practices

STATE COLLEGE Sean Clifford has returned to practice. Penn State’s No. 1 quarterback, injured Oct. 9 at Iowa, threw Wednesday during the session that was open to the media.

James Franklin said it’s not the first time this week that Clifford has thrown but that Clifford remains questionable for Saturday’s game with Illinois (noon kickoff, ABC).

Though he was believed to have suffered an upper body injury, Clifford was wearing a knee brace Wednesday.

“I don’t know at this stage,” Franklin, who doesn’t disclose specific injuries, said. “But we’ll see where he’s at by Saturday. Hopefully, obviously, we’ll have an idea before that. But it was good to see him be able to get some reps today at practice, all three of them.”

Franklin said Tuesday that backups Ta’Quan Roberson and true freshman Christian Veilleux would split this week’s practice snaps.

Roberson replaced Clifford at Iowa and went 7 for 21 for 34 yards and two interceptions. The Lions were also penalized eight times for false starts.

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