The injury bug bit Purdue hard during the 2019 college football season, and some of that has spilled over into spring.
Purdue was back on the field this week, starting spring practice in the final week of February. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the first day of spring practice is the injury situation involving two star receivers — Rondale Moore and David Bell.
According to Mike Carmin of the Journal and Courier, head coach Jeff Brohm provided a few injury updates from the first day of practice. Don’t expect to see much of the two All-B1G receivers until the summer.
Moore, who missed most of last season with a leg injury, has recovered on that front, but also endured a finger surgery during the offseason. While he’ll still be on the field, the former freshman All-American will be limited.
Bell underwent a shoulder surgery following the 2019 season and will miss spring practice. His return is scheduled for summer. Bell led the Boilermakers in receiving last year, totaling 1,035 yards and seven touchdowns on 86 catches.
A couple of injury updates from Jeff Brohm
WR Rondale Moore's leg, hamstring good. Had finger surgery and he'll be limited.
WR David Bell had shoulder surgery. Back in the summer.
DT Lorenzo Neal will continue to rehab
— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) February 25, 2020
Brohm also provided an update on defensive lineman Lorenzo Neal, who missed all of last season with an injury. The defensive tackle will continue to rehab during spring in hopes of making a healthy return this fall.
The Boilermakers finished the 2019 season with a 4-8 record, marking the first time under Brohm they did not reach a bowl game.