It feels like this could become a weekly feature given the number of injuries that Purdue has, but Jeff Brohm was able to update us on several players and their status for Saturday on his readio show tonight. While several guys are still out, there actually might be a few that are returning after a long absence:
Tario Fuller and Richie Worship
Brohm: RB’s Tario Fuller and Richie Worship will be in uniform Saturday vs Maryland— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) October 10, 2019
Brohm later went on to say that he hopes to get both seniors involved on Saturday. It has been a while for each, too. For Fuller, he last played at Minnesota last year, getting 12 yards on 3 carries, but he was the starter at running back early in 2017. He had 261 yards on 43 carries and two touchdowns in the first three games of 2017, but an injury to his ankle ended that year early and he played sparringly last year because of Markell Jones and DJ Knox.
For Worship, it has been even longer. Worhsip last played against Northwestern in 2017, missing all of last year and this year with a torn ACL and rehab. He has 390 yards rushing Qand 5 TDs in his career and two receiving touchdowns. With both of them coming back, plus hte chance that freshman Da’Joun Hewitt may make his debut, actually gives us some depth at a position.
Zander Horvath and Viktor Beach
Brohm: RB Zander Horvath unlikely to play; C Victor Beach out— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) October 10, 2019
Beach is Purdue’s regular starting center and has aggravated a back injury that slowed him in the spring, Sam Garvin will get his first career start in his place. Since snaps are involved every play, this is an area of concern. Also, the offensive line sucked last week.
Horvath has played the most snaps at running back and has 92 yards rushing plus a receiving TD.
Brohm: Still no timetable on WR Rondale Moore.— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) October 10, 2019
"I know he's progressing. I know it was a tear, whatever of the hamstring or something like that he had. Whenever he can get back fully healthy, we would love to have him of course but I don't know exactly when"
It is what it is. Hamstring issues can be tricky. He could be back next week, or he could be out six more weeks.
Late update, but surgery went extremely well last week! Big thanks to Dr. Cooper and his team for getting me all fixed up down here in Dallas. Excited to continue pushing forward with my recovery as I prepare for the #2020nfldraft pic.twitter.com/SNijv4LGI5— Markus Bailey (@mb_boiler21) October 10, 2019
Bailey is, of course, out for the season and his Purdue career is over unless he applies for a medical waiver 6th year. That’s possible, but totally understandable if he aims for the 2020 Draft.
A couple of updates from a GBI free article:
Mershawn Rice - He is also battling a hamstring issue, but if he can go he is likely to see his first career action.
Milton Wright - He has been in concussion protocol, but will go if he can. Getting Rice and Wright would be huge.