A broken leg will do what two broken hands could not: Sideline Purdue safety Landon Feichter indefinitely.
Coach Darrell Hazell said it likely will be six to eight weeks for Feichter to recover from Tuesday morning's surgery to fix a broken bone in his right leg.
That's for most people. Feichter, a former Bishop Dwenger standout, has spent his college career defying the odds, starting when he went from lightly regarded freshman walk-on to scholarship player who led the Big Ten in interceptions, and Purdue in tackles, last season.
Here's tough Feichter is. A photo surfaced during last Saturday's win over Indiana State. Feichter was on the sidelines celebrating a Boiler moment. Both hands had casts from broken bones (yes, he played with them). His right leg was in a brace because of a broken fibula near his ankle suffered during the game. No matter. The redshirt junior was very much in the Gold and Black moment.
Now, he's out, and it's going to hurt, especially with No. 21 Notre Dame (1-1) coming to Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday.
“It's unfortunate,” Hazell said. “The guy has had three broken bones in the last few months. You feel bad for the kid. He wants to be out there so bad, but, unfortunately, that's part of the game we play and love.”
Feichter's younger brother, Evan, is in the secondary mix. The redshirt freshman is also a former Dwenger standout.