Although the Purdue football team came away with a 31-21 win over Western Illinois this afternoon, the Boilermakers' 2010 hopes appeared to suffer a significant blow in the process. Star wide receiver Keith Smith severely injured his knee after a hit on the left sideline in the fourth quarter, and from what coach Danny Hope and Smith's teammates told reporters after the game, the prognosis is not good.
While the Purdue football program hasn't yet confirmed the extent of Smith's injury, ESPN Radio 1450 in Lafayette is reporting that the wide receiver tore his ACL and MCL, which would prematurely end the season (and perhaps career) of one of Purdue's great all-time receivers.
For an offense that has underperformed in its opening two games, losing its most talented player and most effective weapon only two weeks into the season is a horrible blow.
Boilermaker fans are all-too-accustomed to horrible knee injuries, having already seen basketball standout Robbie Hummel and running back Ralph Bolden tear ACLs in this calendar year alone.
With Bolden's return for the 2010 season in doubt, it now looks like Purdue's offense will have to play without both its best running back and its most productive receiver (to say nothing of Smith's duties returning punts and his senior leadership).
A dark day indeed in West Lafayette. Sometimes wins just aren't worth celebrating.