The Journal Gazette
Monday, September 09, 2019 11:00 pm

Purdue QB Sindelar has concussion

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

It was a good news, bad news day for Purdue and quarterback Elijah Sindelar. 

The good news is that Sindelar was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for Week 2. The fifth-year senior threw for a career-high 509 yards and five touchdowns against the Vanderbilt Commodores in a 42-24 Purdue win. His nine touchdown passes through two weeks are the most by a Big Ten quarterback since fellow Boilermaker Curtis Painter had 10 in 2007. 

The bad news is that Sindelar might not get a chance to defend his Player of the Week honor in Week 3 against the TCU Horned Frogs. The Princeton, Kentucky native was diagnosed with a concussion after taking a hit on a scramble late in the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt. Coach Jeff Brohm called it a "slight concussion" and said it is unclear whether Sindelar will play against TCU.

"We'll monitor and see how he passes all the tests and go through the proper protocol and hopefully get him back if he's ready to go," Brohm said. 

Brohm added that the team doesn't think it will have an answer on Sindelar's status for Saturday until later in the week.

If Sindelar can't play, the starting quarterback job will fall to redshirt freshman Jack Plummer, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound Gilbert, Arizona native. Plummer did not play at all as a true freshman in 2018, but was ranked the No. 30 quarterback in the country in the 2018 recruiting class.

"We're very confident in Jack, and I think that he would have had to go in (against Vanderbilt) if we extended the game longer (after Sindelar's injury)," Brohm said. "(Plummer)'s had good weeks of practice. He's improved. He's got some moxie to him, some athleticism. I think he's gaining confidence because he's practiced well, and he has to always be ready to go. We tell him that all the time."

The concussion is the latest in a string of setbacks for Sindelar at Purdue. He tore his ACL in 2017, playing the final 3 1/2 games of the season on the injured ligament before having surgery in the offseason. He missed spring practice in 2018 because of the injury, but still won the starting job out of fall camp following a competition with David Blough. He threw three interceptions in the first half of Week 1 against Northwestern, however, and Blough replaced him. Sindelar never got his job back, in part because he suffered knee and upper body injuries early in the year. Now, this concussion might slow his momentum following a terrific start to the 2019 season.

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