It's not unusual for a college football player to wrap up a broken hand and play with it, particularly for a big game. But Purdue safety Landon Feichter is preparing to play for his Boilermakers' home opener against Indiana State Saturday with two broken hands.
Per the Journal and Courier, first-year Purdue coach Darell Hazell confirmed on his Thursday radio show that Feichter broke both hands in the Boilers' 42-7 loss at Cincinnati last Saturday. Nonetheless, the junior safety will play against the Sycamores, Hazell said, and Feichter is listed as a starter in Purdue's game notes.
Feichter spoke to the Journal and Courier for a video interview, during which he recalled the two plays on which he injured his hands and admitted he might not be able to catch the ball should an interception opportunity present itself:
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Feichter's situation is that he's not playing through his injuries for a Big Ten opponent or Notre Dame; he's suiting up to face a 17-point FCS underdog who was waxed 73-35 by Indiana last week. It's fair to say that after the embarrassment of Week 1 -- a result that drove quarterback Rob Henry off of Twitter -- Hazell is serious about getting his first win at Purdue, and that Feichter and the Boilers are serious about putting that defeat behind them.