Purdue QB Elijah Sindelar played end of season with torn ACL

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Purdue quarterback <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/251725/" data-ylk="slk:Elijah Sindelar">Elijah Sindelar</a>, top right, holds the trophy next to teammates after their 38-35 win over Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar, top right, holds the trophy next to teammates after their 38-35 win over Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns in the Foster Farms Bowl — a 38-35 win over Arizona.

And he did so with a torn ACL.

Sindelar, the game’s offensive MVP, admitted after the game that he injured his knee against Northwestern on Nov. 11, a week after David Blough suffered a season-ending ankle injury. To that point, Blough and Sindelar had been rotating snaps throughout the year with Blough serving as the No. 1 quarterback.

First-year head coach Jeff Brohm said he did not want Sindelar to play with the injury at first, but the quarterback was able to convince him.

From the Herald Bulletin:

“My first thing was no,” Brohm said. “There’s no way he should play. I think he’s had his knee operated on more than a few times. I thought if he can wear that brace and keep it stable and if he feels like he can go, we can give it a try. I was very leery at first, but Elijah wanted to do it. We went through our trainers and doctor. He was able to pull it off.”

Purdue dropped to 4-6 in the Northwestern game, so it needed to win its last two regular season games to reach a bowl. With Sindelar at the helm, the Boilermakers did just that. He threw for 229 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Iowa and 159 yards and two scores — both games without an interception — to clinch the program’s first bowl berth since 2012.

And on Wednesday night, Sindelar led the team to its first winning record since the same year. The Boilermakers jumped out to a 31-14 lead, but Arizona stormed back and took a 35-31 lead late in the fourth. With 1:44 to go, Sindelar threw the game-winning 38-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Mahongou on third-and-10.

(via FOX)
(via FOX)


Next on the agenda? Surgery. It’s scheduled for Dec. 29.

Entering 2018, both Sindelar and Blough will be on the mend. Blough, who dislocated his right ankle, told Bruce Feldman he plans to return as a fifth-year senior. He says his recovery is ahead of schedule.


Sindelar’s rehab process will likely keep him out of spring practice. Behind those two on the depth chart is Nick Sipe, who was able to keep his redshirt this season.

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