Purdue’s Hummel tears ACL again

In his first official practice back after returning from a torn ACL, Purdue senior Robbie Hummel did it again.

The 6-foot-8 forward went down on the court early on in a drill in Saturday morning’s practice and didn’t get up. One observer said that from the look on Hummel’s face, it was clear he knew he suffered another major injury to his right knee.

Purdue spokesman Cory Walton confirmed the news to FOXSports.com on Saturday morning.

"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,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said in a statement. “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.”

Purdue was a legitimate national title contender a year ago until Hummel went down with the knee injury.

The Boilermakers returned seniors JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore, and Hummel was well ahead of schedule in his rehab and was cleared to play earlier in the month.

Nearly every preseason publication had Purdue in the top five in preseason polls, but without Hummel the Boilermakers are a different team, and it’s difficult to fathom them competing for the Big Ten crown, let alone the national title.