In one play, Purdue’s season might have just crumbled in two heaps before conference play could even get going.
Purdue is playing host to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, trying to rebound from a loss to TCU two weeks ago.
Elijah Sindelar, fifth year starter, was returning from a concussion he suffered against Vanderbilt September 7th.
But on one play, Sindelar was hit for a sack and driven into the ground. He would stay writhing on the ground for minutes.
Twenty yards up field from Sindelar and a little to the left, Purdue’s do everything, Heisman candidate, star sophomore receiver, Rondale Moore, was trying to get to the other side of the field. He couldn’t. The receiver took a push and then his foot severely planted into the ground while the full weight of his body went forward. He was unable to put any weight on his leg as he was helped across the field.
Sindelar was taken immediately to the locker rooms while Moore went to the injury tent.
Moore was examined in the tent, but eventually carted towards the lock rooms as well.
For Coach Brohm and the Boilermakers, this was an unimaginably cruel twist of fate. Purdue was finally starting to get healthy, and the loss of their two best player who were on record setting paces to start the year, will resonate through West Lafayette and college football as a whole.
College football just got a lot less fun today.
There’s no official word on the injuries or time tables, but neither are expected back on the field any time soon.