WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue linebacker Markus Bailey, a team captain and the Boilermakers' leading tackler in 2018, suffered a knee injury in practice Tuesday and is out for the season, coach Jeff Brohm announced Wednesday.
"It's a very unfortunate injury," Brohm said. "He goes hard every day. He was off to a great start (this season) and he's had a great career here up to this point. Timing's never good (on an injury like this). ... I know he's very disappointed and not in the best of spirits, but he knows we're going to support him and we're going to get everything right, everything healed up where he feels good about his future."
Bailey is the team's leader on defense, a fifth-year senior and four-year starter who is a projected NFL draft pick. He finished with nine tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks in 2018. On Saturday against TCU, a streak of 40 consecutive starts for the Columbus, Ohio, native will come to an end.
The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Bailey had 14 tackles in the Boilermakers' first two games this season, including a 10-tackle performance against Nevada and his first sack of the year against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
"I was hoping I didn't get that text, about his knee," defensive end and former linebacker Derrick Barnes said. "That's one of those things that, as a defense, we have to pick up now. I know Markus is a big impact to our team. ... I hope the best for him and I pray for him every night. Hopefully we can still, as a defense, still do some things on the field."
Bailey will have surgery in the near future after the swelling in his knee subsides. It will be his second knee surgery after an ACL tear as a freshman in 2015. Brohm said it was a "non-contact" injury. The Boilermakers were not in pads at the time.