SAN JOSE -- San Jose State sophomore offensive lineman Keith Bendixen will have surgery Thursday on his dislocated left kneecap and miss the remainder of the season.
Bendixen, a backup who was expected to provide depth on the offensive line, was injured on the final play of practice on Aug. 21. The injury was expected to sideline him for a few weeks and Spartans coach Mike MacIntyre said recently that he thought Bendixen would be available Saturday against Utah State.
"We thought he was going to be back, but it didn't heal up like we thought so we'll operate on it," MacIntyre said Tuesday.
Bendixen played in nine games last year as a backup offensive tackle last year. He was expected to be a top backup at tackle, guard and center before injuring himself the week prior to the season opener against Stanford. He has not seen any action this season due to the injury.
The 6-foot-4, 291-pound Bendixen completed a redshirt season during his first year on campus in 2010. He will apply for a medical redshirt to gain an additional season of eligibility.
Wide receiver Jabari Carr (turf toe) and linebacker Keith Smith (sprained ankle) returned to practice after missing the Navy game. Carr fully participated in practice, while Smith sat out the team contact drills.
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