WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue running back Markell Jones says he’s “ready to go” for Saturday’s home contest against Nevada.
Jones left the Cincinnati game with a sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder and did not return. A timely bye week helped him recover in time to prepare this week for the Wolf Pack.
Back at practice Tuesday, Jones wore a red jersey — meaning he was off limits for contact. Afterwards he declared himself 100 percent, but later admitted he expects to play through the pain in the immediate future.
“I mean once my adrenaline starts pumping and the cortisone is going through it, it’s not going to affect me during the two-and-a-half, three hours we’re out there,” Jones said. “It will hurt about five, six o’clock, but that’s OK. We’ll keep doing it every week, that’s fine.”
Coach Darrell Hazell said he won’t know how effective Jones can be until their first offensive series on Saturday.
“We’ll see how he responds when he takes those first couple hits, and then we’ll make adjustments from there,” Hazell said. “Those things: some of them can linger, some of them can disappear pretty quickly. So we’ll see how he is after the first couple hits, and then make the adjustments that we need to make.”
Purdue and Nevada are set to kickoff at Noon on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.