WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue linebacker Markus Bailey will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, head coach Jeff Brohm announced Wednesday.
Bailey suffered the season-ending non-contact injury in practice on Tuesday.
Bailey considered turning pro following last year but decided to return to West Lafayette. The fifth-year senior underwent hip surgery in the offseason.
The Columbus, Ohio native is second on the team in tackles with 14.
The Boilermakers are not only losing a productive player but also an experienced one. Bailey has made 40 career starts with the Boilermakers.
"We want to support him in every way we can to get fully healed which I know will happen," Brohm said. "He's been a tremendous player for us. It's unfortunate but we'll have to move forward and the next guy up will have to be ready to go. We have some guys at the linebacker position with experience and I expect them to play well."
Junior Cornel Jones will start in place of Bailey. Jones finished with four tackles in Purdue's victory over Vanderbilt last Saturday.