Purdue's Robert Marve out for season

Updated: September 30, 2010, 12:49 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Purdue starting quarterback Robert Marve will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

Marve sustained the injury in the first half of last Saturday's 31-20 loss to Toledo. He underwent an MRI exam this week, and Purdue's team orthopedist confirmed the diagnosis Thursday.

"Robert Marve is a big part of our football family, he has worked extremely hard to be the great player that he is and our heart goes out to him," Purdue coach Danny Hope said in a prepared statement. "Boilermaker nation will rally behind him with all of its support through this tough time."

Marve tore the same ACL last summer, although he couldn't have played last season because of NCAA transfer rules after coming to Purdue from Miami. The junior "tweaked" the knee Sept. 18 against Ball State but returned a week later to start against Toledo.

Marve had completed 67 of 99 passes for 512 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He also had 32 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Redshirt freshman Rob Henry, who relieved Marve against Toledo, is expected to start when Purdue resumes play Oct. 9 at Northwestern.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com

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