First, Ralph Bolden. Then, Keith Smith.
It appears Robert Marve could be the next on Purdue's list of top skill position players to go down with a season-ending knee injury.
After taking a snap late in the first half, Marve started to take steps backward when he collapsed without being touched. He fumbled on the play and Toledo recovered. Marve's left knee appeared to give out -- he could have gotten a cleat caught on the grass field -- and he crumbled. He was carted off the field and returned in the second half with a knee brace under his warm-up gear.
Coach Danny Hope wouldn't give an idea of the severity of the injury afterward.
But he said he wasn't optimistic.
He referenced Bolden and Smith being out -- both with ACL injuries -- and then said "and probably Robert Marve."
And then he when talking about backup quarterback Rob Henry, he said, "He's going to have to keep getting better because he could end up being the guy."
Marve's father, Eugene, didn't offer any updates on his son's condition on the field after the game. He declined to comment about the extent of the injury but said he didn't think it was related to last week's. That was either a "bruise" or a "tweak," depending on whom you believe. (When I asked Hope earlier in the week whether Robert Marve had an MRI on the injury from the Ball State game, he said he couldn't comment because of privacy rules.)
But Eugene Marve said his son's spirits were "good."
"He's disappointed he got hurt and couldn't participate and attempt to win, but he was very positive," Eugene Marve said. "Robert's a leader. He's a natural leader. Injury doesn't stop leadership."
Robert Marve tore the ACL in his left knee just after announcing he was transferring to Purdue and spent last year rehabbing the injury.
Without Marve, the Boilermakers will turn to redshirt freshman Rob Henry. Henry completed 17 of 31 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception late in the game. Henry was Purdue's leading rusher with 67 yards on 13 carries.
Check back for more on Henry in Monday's paper.