Did the Purdue ACL curse strike again? It certainly looks like it may have. Purdue's leading receiver on the season, Danny Anthrop, was returning a punt early in the fourth quarter for the Boilermakers when he collapsed to the turf while attempting to make a cut. Anthrop had 80 yards receiving on the day and was returning a punt because Frankie Williams, the regular returner, was out with concussion-like symptoms.
Obviously it is early to speculate, but it is never good when a player goes to the turf with a knee injury without contact. Anthrop almost immediately grabbed his knee and had to be helped off the field without being able to put any weight on his leg.
Anthrop had 4 catches for 80 yards on the game and led Purdue with 34 catches for 536 yards and four touchdowns. The injury comes at a particularly bad time as Purdue receivers were struggling with only one catch aside from Anthrop's work. Anthrop was later seen being helped into the locker room.
UPDATE 11/3/2014 13:37 EST
Danny Anthrop looks to be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, and Frankie Williams did suffer a concussion on Saturday, and it will be a game time decision of whether or not he plays against Wisconsin on Saturday.
#Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said "it sounds like torn ACL" for WR Danny Anthrop— mike carmin (@carminjc) November 3, 2014
Frankie Williams suffered a concussion vs Nebraska— mike carmin (@carminjc) November 3, 2014
Hazell hasn't spoken with the training staff, but the news doesn't look good for Anthrop (knee). F. Williams (head) game time decision.— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) November 3, 2014
Since Anthrop left the game on Saturday, he has received alot of support from Boiler Nation, with these two tweets being the most popular:
Make a speedy and safe recovery, young man. We'll miss you on the field for the rest of the season, but we look forward to your production next season.