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No Moore: Purdue’s star WR ruled out for yet another game

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When it comes to Rondale Moore’s availability, it’s lather, rinse and repeat — and it might be time to consider shutting him down for good for the year as well.

Because of a hamstring injury suffered in the Week 4 loss to Minnesota, Moore has missed each of Purdue’s last five games. With a Week 11 matchup against Northwestern fast approaching on the horizon, head coach Jeff Brohm has confirmed that the star wide receiver will be sidelined for a sixth straight game.

With just two regular-season games remaining after this weekend — at 16th-ranked Wisconsin, home versus 7-2 Indiana — and, currently sitting at 3-6, bowl eligibility an unlikelihood, a decision on what’s left of the sophomore’s truncated 2019 campaign will need to be made.

Despite missing more than half the season, Moore is still fourth on the Boilermakers in receptions (29) and third in receiving yards (387).  The sophomore’s also tied for third in receiving touchdowns with two.

Last year as a true freshman, Moore caught 114 passes for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns.  He added another 213 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries while also averaging 20.1 and 6.8 yards per kickoff and punt return, respectively.

On radio show, Jeff Brohm says Purdue WR Rondale Moore will be monitored week-by-week

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Earlier this week, Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm announced his Boilermakers will be without starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar and wide receiver Rondale Moore when the team visits No. 12 Penn State this weekend. While Sindelar will reportedly be out for the year, the outlook for Moore remained uncertain. During his weekly radio show Wednesday night, Brohm provided a mild update to say Moore will be week-by-week.

Brohm confirmed once again Purdue will be without their top wide receiver this week against the Nittany Lions, but there is no suggestion Moore will be out fo the rest of the season.

The loss of Moore is a tough blow to the Purdue offense (as well as the starting quarterback). Moore leads Purdue with 29 receptions for 387 yards and two touchdowns. His ability to make big plays has made him one of the best receivers in the Big Ten, if not the entire country. The extent of the injury to Moore has never been clarified, and it remains a question with Purdue moving to a week-by-week situation monitoring his status. Purdue has played in four games, so the possibility of redshirting Moore this fall remains a scenario in play as well. If Moore won’t be back in the next few weeks, that could remain an option if the injury is severe enough to keep Moore off the field for a prolonged period of time. But with Moore being week-by-week, it sounds as though Brohm is anticipating Moore will be back.

For the sake of entertainment, the sooner the better.

Purdue to be without QB Elijah Sindelar, WR Rondale Moore vs. No. 12 Penn State

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Purdue will be without starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar and wide receiver Rondale Moore against No. 12 Penn State on Saturday, head coach Jeff Brohm confirmed on Monday.

Sindelar suffered a broken collarbone during Saturday’s loss to Minnesota, while Moore suffered an undisclosed leg injury. Brohm said he hoped to provide an update on Moore later in the week.

Sindelar, a fifth-year senior and a first-time starter, underwent surgery to repair the collarbone on Monday.

Adding insult to injury, both players were injured on the same play. Sindelar was injured while being shoved into the ground on a sack, while Moore’s leg bent in an awkward, unnatural direction while running a route.

Purdue is off to a 1-3 start to this season. The Boilers were likely headed for 1-4 regardless of the injury report, but 1-4 could get a whole lot worse if Sindelar and Moore do not return quickly.

Sindelar has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 978 yards with nine touchdowns against three interceptions, while Moore, a pre-season All-American, leads the club with 29 grabs for 387 yards and two touchdowns.

Purdue QB Elijah Sindelar (concussion) a game-time decision vs TCU

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Purdue starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar is officially a game-time decision when the Boilermakers host TCU on Saturday. Sindelar was diagnosed with a concussion following Purdue’s victory over Vanderbilt last week.

Sindelar has passed for 932 yards and nine touchdowns through two games.

If Sindelar is unable to be cleared or available to play this weekend against the Horned Frogs, Purdue will turn to redshirt freshman Jack Plummer to lead the offense. Plummer has yet to attempt a pass for the Boilermakers, but at least he would have Rondale Moore to throw to. Regardless, Purdue is a bit banged up going into this weekend’s game against an opponent from the Big 12.

Yesterday, Brohm announced starting linebacker Markus Bailey is out for the year with a knee injury. Bailey injured his knee in practice earlier this week and is scheduled for surgery in the coming weeks after swelling goes down. Offensive lineman Matt McCann is also a game-time decision for the Boilermakers, and wide receiver Jared Sparks is not expected to play.

Trevor Lawrence headlines Preseason AP All-American team

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Everyone and their blog now has an All-American team; so many are out there, in fact, that if we wrote about all of them we’d never write about anything else.

But there’s something different about being a Preseason AP All-American, and as such we’d be remiss if we didn’t add to our historical record here at CFT.

Most notably, Trevor Lawrence nudged out Tua Tagovailoa for the First Team quarterback job, where he’s joined by running back Travis Etienne and linebacker Isaiah Simmons on the First Team. Alabama also had three First Teamers — wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, defensive tackle Raekwon Davis and linebacker Dylan Moses.

The SEC led all conferences with eight First Team selections, followed by the Big Ten’s seven.

Without further ado, behold the 2019 Preseason AP All-America First Team:

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
RB: Travis Etienne, Clemson; Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
WR: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama; Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
TE: Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
C: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
OG: Ben Bredeson, Michigan; Shane Lemieux, Oregon
OT: Walker Little, Stanford; Andrew Thomas, Georgia
AP: Rondale Moore, Purdue
K: Andre Szmyt, Syracuse

LB: Joe Bachie, Michigan State; Dylan Moses, Alabama; Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
S: Andre Cisco, Syracuse; Grant Delpit, LSU
CB: Paulson Abedo, Stanford; Bryce Hall, Virginia
DE: AJ Epenesa, Iowa; Chase Young, Ohio State
DT: Derrick Brown, Auburn; Raekwon Davis, Alabama
P: Braden Mann, Texas A&M