Indiana football knows how important this rivalry game is. Not only does the program know the importance of the Purdue game, but the players do as well.

According to Dustin Dopirak of the Bloomington Herald and Indy Star, there is a slew of football players that are looking to come back from injury ahead of the Purdue game. They all have been pleading with head coach Tom Allen for just one more chance to play this season since a bowl game is out of reach.

Dopirak shared the news via Twitter on Monday.

Cornerbacks Tiawan Mullen and Josh Sanguinetti, RB Stephen Carr, LB James Miller, and QBs Michael Penix Jr. and Jack Tuttle are all trying to get healthy enough to play for the chance to keep the Old Oaken Bucket in Bloomington.

Penix has still yet to play since the Penn State game in Week 6 after separating his AC joint in his left shoulder, while Tuttle just came back from a foot injury he suffered in Week 8 and injured his other foot against Minnesota in Week 12.

Mullen was also injured before the Penn State game with an undisclosed injury. Carr hasn’t played since the Michigan game in Week 10 after suffering an ankle injury.

It’s unsure what injuries Sanguinetti and Miller are dealing with, but they will be looking to play as well.

Can Indiana get all of its injured players back for one more game in 2021? Purdue (7-4) and Indiana (2-9) fight for the Old Oaken Bucket at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1.