Oregon State outside linebacker Keith Pankey tore his right Achilles' tendon Wednesday morning while working out, football coach Mike Riley said.
Pankey is schedule for surgery today. He's out for spring practice and is in danger of missing the season. Riley, won't count him out yet, however.
"It's too early to say that," Riley said. "I talked to Keith this morning. He said he's going to set records in rehab on that. So I don't know what that means, yet. Obviously that's a big blow if we don't have Keith."
Pankey, from Visalia, Calif., is a senior for the coming season, but has not redshirted. If he can't make it back this fall he can come back for the 2011 season.
Linebacker is one of the Beavers' deepest positions. Devin Unga and Kevin Unga saw significant time last season as outside reserves and would benefit the most from extra attention in spring practice.
"That's the only silver lining," Riley said.
Pankey started his sophomore season and split time equally with Dwight Roberson. Roberson started last season as the job sharing continued.
Both where honorable mention all-Pacific-10 Conference. Pankey started 13 career games and was seventh on the team with 44 tackles.
Pankey and Roberson were the scheduled starters on the outside this season. Pankey has been one of the key locker room leaders this offseason.