There’s playing through the pain, and then there’s what Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar did in the Boilermakers’ win in the Foster Farms Bowl. And their win over Indiana. And their win over Iowa. And their loss to Northwestern.
After throwing for 396 yards and four touchdowns against Arizona on Wednesday night, Sindelar was revealed to have torn his ACL during Purdue’s game against Northwestern on Nov. 11, per the Journal & Courier.
Jeff Brohm on Elijah Sindelar playing with torn ACL. "For somebody to play almost four games with that, three and a half, that’s amazing. I couldn’t be A, prouder of his performance but to perform with that serious of an injury? How many people can do that? Less than 1 percent."
— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) December 28, 2017
Once the normally season-ending injury was discovered after the Northwestern game, Sindelar was given a knee brace and the severity of the injury was not publicly disclosed. With senior quarterback David Blough already out for the season, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm decided to roll the dice with Sindelar’s health.
Fortunately for everyone involved, Sindelar never took another bad hit or aggravated his injury. Brohm said after the Foster Farms Bowl that Sindelar will undergo surgery on the knee now that the season is over. Overall, the sophomore threw 11 touchdowns and two interceptions after tearing the ligament.