Wells' knee injury the biggest of many for Owls

Temple Owls head coach Matt Rhule during the second half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today)

Temple didn’t emerge from its 37-7 victory over Vanderbilt unscathed.

They suffered a number of injuries in that game, the biggest of which came in the secondary where safety Alex Wells suffered what coach Matt Rhule called “a tear in his knee.”

Rhule didn’t elaborate too much on the situation, but it sounded very serious.

“I don’t know the extent of things, but with it being the Labor Day weekend we are trying to get him seen. He’ll be out for several weeks, at least six weeks if not longer,” said Rhule, speaking on his weekly American Athletic Conference press call.

Wells, a junior, was a first team National Junior College Athletic Association All American at ASA College before enrolling at Temple.

Rhule also pointed out that Nate L. Smith, Wells’ backup, suffered an injury, as did starting strong safety Boye Aromire. We’ll have more there as the information comes out.

The news on the offensive side of the ball wasn’t very good either. Rhule said that receivers Jalen Fitzpatrick and John Christopher both suffered injuries and that if the Owls had to play today, according to Rhule, “there are quite a few guys at those skill positions that if we had a game today they would not play.”