Sep 14, 2019; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Jeff Brohm talks to a referee during the second half the game at Ross-Ade Stadium. The TCU Horned Frogs defeated the against the Purdue Boilermakers 34 to 13.  Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

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Purdue’s Brohm says he’s ready to return, mum on WR Moore

Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said he expects to return to the team this week following his COVID-19 positive test and required isolation.

“Wednesday will be my first day back, and seems like it’s been a couple months,” he told reporters Monday. “So to get back, it’s about time, so I’m looking forward to that.”

In his absence, the Boilermakers defeated Iowa 24-20 in their season opener. They play at Illinois (0-1) on Saturday.

While Brohm was forthcoming about his own availability, he didn’t share whether star wide receiver Rondale Moore will play against the Illini on Saturday. The school announced last weekend that Moore wouldn’t play against Iowa but did not disclose a reason.

”We’re always hopeful and we’ll see what happens during the week,” Brohm said.

He skirted the question about why Moore didn’t play and declined to say whether he sat because of an injury or for another reason.

“He was just out, and we’ll — whenever he’s ready to play, he will play,” Brohm said. “That’s all I can tell you. I apologize.”

The 5-foot-9 Moore had an electric freshman season in 2018, becoming the first true freshman consensus All-American in Big Ten history. In 13 games, he caught 114 passes for 1,258 yards, rushed 21 times for 213 yards, and also returned 33 kickoffs for 662 yards and 12 punts for 82 yards. He scored 14 touchdowns.

His 2,215 all-purpose yards set a school record for most in a season.

Last season, he was limited to four games after suffering a season-ending knee injury. He caught 29 passes for 387 yards and two scores, adding 151 yards on nine kickoff returns.

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