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Purdue Loses Smith for the Year

Keith Smith... done for the year

Remember that injury bug that struck the Cardinals last year? Perhaps it has found a new nesting place in West Lafayette, IN. Boilermaker WR Keith Smith, a fifth-year senior and the leading receiver on the Boilers so far in 2010 is expected to miss not only the Ball State game, but also the rest of his final year of eligibility. It’s a tough loss for the Boilers and as someone who followed a program absolutely decimated by injuries last year, this isn’t the best news to get on a random Tuesday, but does give a bit of hope to any of us worried about Purdue’s offensive firepower against the Cards this Saturday.

The story hasn’t received any sort of official word from Purdue, and it may not come until later in the week, if at all. Coaches, by nature, keep lineup changes or injury news as close to the vest as possible for very good reason. It prevents a team from knowing in advance that a key weapon isn’t in fact reason to worry. “Hey defense… remember that guy on film who caught all those passes? Yeah, we can go ahead and forget about him. Now, who wants some snacks?!”

Mmm… snacks.

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