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August 18, 2013

Anthrop could be back sooner than expected

Danny Anthrop might have gotten the best news possible Sunday.

A day after suffering a left knee injury during Purdue's end-of-camp jersey scrimmage, the Boilermakers learned that the sophomore wide receiver likely suffered an MCL injury.

If so - results of Sunday's MRI come Monday - then Anthrop will miss only 6-to-8 weeks, not the months-long duration that an ACL tear would have bought. A decision would be made at that time, perhaps around Purdue's open week in early October, whether to get Anthrop ready to play.

"There's a lot of things that happen in six weeks, so you have to figure it out," Coach Darrell Hazell said. "Where he is when he gets back, is he healthy enough? is he strong enough? is he in condition enough to help us? Especially down the back end of the Big Ten season, there's a lot of big games at the end of the season. Can he get himself in a situation where he can help us?"

Hazell noted that Devin Smith has a slight MCL injury, suffered about 10 days ago, and is expected back in the middle of next week.

A similar 6-to-8 week timeline awaits Dan Monteroso, a freshman wide receiver who broke his collarbone on Thursday and had surgery on Saturday.

"Those are two guys we were planning on relying on making plays for us," staring QB Rob Henry said Sunday night. "As far as the knee goes, I talked with Danny last night. An MCL injury - I had an MCL injury in high school - it's actually more painful than the ACL. But it doesn't take as long. I don't know how severe his is, but we're definitely looking forward to getting him back out there as soon as possible because he's a playmaker that we need."

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