Tario Fuller was the likely starter at running back for Purdue heading into fall. He's dealt with injuries throughout his career, which began back in 2015, and another has apparently reared its ugly head.
The fifth-year senior has 67 rushes through three seasons with Purdue. His 82 total touches for 458 yards and two touchdowns make him the most experienced option at the position for Jeff Brohm this fall.
Unfortunately, he went down once again today, during the Boilermakers' scrimmage. It is unclear the nature or extent of his injury, but Brohm called it "significant."
From the Journal & Courier:
Coach Jeff Brohm said fifth-year running back Tario Fuller sustained a "significant" injury during the scrimmage, which began outside but was moved indoors because of threatening weather. Brohm said the injury happened during a special teams period.
The loss of Fuller, who is battling with Zander Horvath for the No. 1 spot, would impact the offense and remove a player from the lineup who has shown explosiveness and big-play ability.
"Tario got hurt today and we'll see the extent of it. He may be out a while," Brohm said. "It makes that position thinner and makes the young freshmen have to step in and play."
Horvath, a redshirt sophomore, got a bit of action for the first time last season. He carried the ball nine times for 42 yards and a touchdown, and caught four passes for 38 yards.
The other options at the position are freshmen Da'Joun Hewitt and King Doerue, and walk-on Alfred Armour.
Fuller has had surgeries on his ankle, to repair a torn labrum, and on a sports hernia between 2017 and 2018. He's played in just 13 games in three years as an active member of Purdue's program. Hopefully, this injury isn't as serious as it seems, and he can get back this season.