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Four days ago, Danny Hope said Sean Robinson was Purdue's "No. 1 quarterback."

Against Michigan, Justin Siller started under center and Rob Henry started at running back.

So, in a way, Purdue started a pair of quarterbacks and neither was Robinson.

Hope said he thought Siller and Henry would give the team "the best chance to win," even though neither player was healthy and the coaching staff didn't know if either would be ready to play until pregame warm-ups.

Still, the offensive game plan was designed for Siller, who has been out six weeks with a sprained foot.

Then Siller re-injured his foot on the first snap. He was wearing a boot on the foot on the sidelines.

"He was kind of our secret weapon," running back Dan Dierking said. "Kind of changed our game plan a bit (with Siller hurt)."

Henry insists his right index finger is getting better, but he didn't play last week and Hope admitted he didn't expect Henry to throw the ball much Saturday.

Henry said there's no timetable for his finger to be healed -- no one has said publicly how bad the injury actually was -- but expects it won't be until after the season.

Henry did end up throwing nine passes, completing five of them for 39 yards. He rushed for a team-high 75 yards. He even caught a pass for 11 yards. (Henry and Robinson were often on the field at the same time.)

But he also had a pair of fumbled handoffs with running back Dan Dierking, who said they may have been because Henry is forced to wear a glove on his right hand.

It's clear the coaching staff prefers having a potential one-dimensional quarterback who isn't healthy as a better option than Robinson, a freshman who still is learning but is healthy.

Robinson was asked if it's tough to handle, being relegated back to the No. 3 quarterback behind Siller and Henry despite being healthy.

"You just trust the coach," he said. "I -- 100 percent to the fullest -- trust coach (Gary) Nord and coach Hope and the whole offensive staff. Whatever they want to do is best for the team, it's best for the team. If they want to start (kicker) Carson Wiggs at quarterback, I'm behind them. That's the thing you have to have on a football team is trust and everyone buying into the offense and schemes and things.

"My job was to sit back and watch those guys get ready, then that's what I did."

Robinson, who started last week against Wisconsin, completed 12 of 23 passes for 78 yards and threw two interceptions.