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Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

Posted on: October 16, 2010 1:04 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 1:25 pm
Purdue senior Robbie Hummel tore his anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in less than eight months during Saturday's practice and will now miss the upcoming season while rehabbing, school officials have announced.

"This is obviously disappointing for Robbie, as well as our team, since he worked so hard to return from the tear he suffered in February,” said Purdue coach Matt Painter. “As he begins his rehab and recovery, we’ll persevere together and provide Robbie with all the support possible. I have no doubt he’ll continue to play a pivotal role this season as a leader of our team."

The ACL tear is in the same knee as last season's ACL tear.

This development is the latest setback in Hummel's injury riddled career. Purdue would've been a Final Four favorite last season had Hummel not torn his ACL in February. The Boilermakers are ranked third in the preseason Top 25 (and one), but a Final Four without Hummel seems unlikely given what the 6-foot-8 forward means to the team.
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Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2010 6:13 pm

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

Wow, just found out this morning after reading Gary Parrish's article on pre-season impact players, and noticing that Robbie Hummel was not on his list.  Next thing I knew I was reading a gut wrenching story about Hummel blowing out his knee again in practice and I honestly felt sick to my stomach.  This was the year the Boilers were going to put it all together and make a run at the final four and a possible national championship, but that is all gone now.  As we found out last year all to well, it takes 3 impact players on the floor at one time to make a legit run to the championship game. 

Everyone will say the right things now.  That Purdue will rally around this injury and have a great year, and that they now have time to get used to playing w/o Hummel, blah, blah, blah... but the fact remains that Purdue was not the same team last year w/o Hummel, and will not be the same team w/o him this year either.  Just reality folks...  he made everyone on the court better because of his leadership and court awareness, and you just don't replace a player of that magnitude with a bench guy or a freshman- you just don't!

Thanks for all the well wishes and condolences from other fans out there- especially from other Big Ten fans from the other schools in the league.  It's nice to know that there is some compassion and empathy out there from all of you.  After this tragedy, Purdue will still compete and may even give the Big Ten crown a run, but its clear to me their ultimate goal of reaching the final four and having a chance at a championship is now over.  As far as Robbie red shirting and coming back next year, what's the point?  The window of opportunity will be gone by then and it doesn't make sense to risk another injury.  He's a winner no matter what he chooses to do in life, and even though he's a great college player, his game probably did not project to the NBA anyways.

I really feel bad for Robbie, as well as JuJuan Johnson and E'twaun Moore.  Those two guys passed up big NBA money for a chance to play with Hummel for one more year, and now that chance has been stripped away.  I'm sure they all feel horrible about it, as does all of Boiler Nation.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2010 5:54 pm

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

Great player.  I will miss watching you, RH. 

Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2010 12:49 pm

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

i remember my first acl tear

Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2010 11:12 am

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

Man that is depressing, hope the kid keeps his head up.

Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2010 8:40 am

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

I was out doing the "honey do's" list yesterday and I saw the report on Robbie Hummel, I thought they were re-hashing his injury from last year.  After I came out of my daze from the thrashing the Buckeyes took in Madison I found out he injured his knee again.  

I feel sorry the Boiler fans but more for the kid. To fight back to health from injury last year to get back on the court only to suffer the same injury this year is terrible. Best of wishes for a quick and speedy recovery from an Ohio State fan.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2010 5:17 am

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

It will make you stronger in some way Hummel, as long as you feel it.

Don't let fate get you down.

It's a horrible thing to happen, I'm sure it feels like god has spit on you once again.

Take speed, and devour, the man known as hummel will persevere.

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2010 12:32 am

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

Thanx for all the Hope.... but u tear the same ACL twice in your career u don't come back -let alone twice in a year=(   Too Sad

Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2010 12:26 am

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

This is the only good news the Gophers received today while at Purdue!  At least the Brewster era is almost over too!

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2010 12:23 am

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

I am sorry to hear this. Best of luck to Hummel and Purdue this year.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2010 12:22 am

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

It's was bad enough for this to happen to Robbie and Purdue last season, when it cost them a legitimate shot at a national title.  But to have it happen to him again before this season even starts is heartbreaking!  I can't imagine the thoughts that must be racing through his head right now.  The only upside to all of this is that it happened in the first day of practice, so Purdue has a chance to build a team without him, rather than losing him during the crucial final months of the season as happened last year.

As a fan of college basketball, I wish Robbie Hummel the best.  No kid deserves this, no matter what team he's on.  Hang in there kid!

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