Before today’s game against Morehead State, it was announced that graduate transfer, Spike Albrecht, would not play due to a back injury. In the post-game press conference, we got a few more details about Spike’s injury:
#Purdue's Matt Painter said Spike Albrecht out "indefinitely" with back injury.— Nathan Baird (@nbairdjc) December 3, 2016
According to Coach Matt Painter, it looks like the injury occurred against Georgia State on November 18th:
#Purdue's Painter said Albrecht injury dates back to collision w. Georgia St player before Cancun trip. Doesn't expect him to play Tuesday.— Nathan Baird (@nbairdjc) December 3, 2016
Despite the injury, Albrecht, being the tough player that he is, didn’t miss a game until today, but did have his minutes limited. For context, Spike averaged 20 minutes/game against McNeese, Villanova, and Georgia State, but since the Utah State game averaged 11.5 minutes/game.
With Spike’s absence, it has given freshman Carsen Edwards a chance to gain more minutes:
Matt Painter says Carsen Edwards will be backup point guard now without Spike Albrecht.— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) December 3, 2016
All we know is that Spike will be out indefinitely and will not play Tuesday against Arizona State in Madison Square Garden. While he hasn’t contributed much this season, Spike was expected to be a veteran leader for this Purdue team (him and Jon McKeeman are the only seniors on Purdue’s roster), so his presence on the court will be missed. Given Spike’s previous injuries, we hope he has a quick and healthy recovery.