Breaking: Rutgers linebacker Tyreem Powell requires surgery, out for the season

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano said on Tuesday that Tyreem Powell requires hand surgery, which likely will sideline the linebacker for the year.

Powell is one of the top players on the Rutgers roster. He has 52 total tackles and two sacks this season. He was injured in the second half of Saturday’s game at Indiana.

Schiano on Tuesday said that Powell is out “probably the remainder of the season.”

“Unfortunately, Tyreem, his hand is going to need surgery, so he’s going to be out for a while,” Schiano said.

The Rutgers head coach did not commit to what player or players would step in for Powell, saying “We’re going to move some things around…next man up.”

Rutgers is currently on a bye week. Last week, Rutgers beat Indiana 31-17 to get bowl eligibility. The bowl eligibility is the first time for Rutgers since the 2014 season.

The win elevates Rutgers to 6-2 (3-2 Big Ten).

Powell was playing at a very high level and was certainly in the mix for an All-Big Ten selection. Arguably, he was the top and most consistent player on a very solid Rutgers defense this season.

Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire