Werner, Williams Finally Healthy To Lead Experienced Purdue Defense

Posted by Tim Cary on September-7-2009 Add Comments

WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA—Jason Werner had lost count of exactly how long ago his last football game was.

"It's been awhile, right? Over 500 days since I last played," the Purdue linebacker said wistfully after recording 11 tackles in the Boilermakers' season-opening win over Toledo.

Almost, Jason. The actual number is 619 days, making it nearly two years since Werner played in the 2007 season finale. That means almost 15,000 hours of waiting, dreaming, and agonizing from the sideline, nearly 900,000 minutes of a football player not being able to compete on the field.

So we can forgive the Greenwood, Ind., native for being antsy.

"Going out there today, I was very excited, because I know ...

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