Report: Purdue likely to face Nevada without both starting offensive tackles
Purdue could be without both starting offensive tackles on Saturday against Nevada, reports the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Nathan Baird.
Junior left tackle Martesse Patterson worked with the second string on Wednesday, but coach Darrell Hazell said it was not injury related and is unsure whether he will suit up for the Boilermakers on game day.
“He’s going through some personal things that we’re not going to talk about right now,” Hazell said. “We’ll figure it out.”
Additionally, redshirt freshman right tackle Matt McCann suffered a right ankle injury during a pass rush/protection drill on Wednesday. He left practice immediately with an ankle that was “pretty swollen” and did not return.
Fifth-year senior Cameron Cermin, who started all 12 games at right tackle last season, is expected to fill in for McCann. Junior college transfer Jalen Neal is the likely replacement for Patterson, pending his official status this weekend.
“Those guys will step up and do what we brought them here to do,” quarterback David Blough said.
Purdue (1-1, 0-0) will kick off against Nevada at noon.