JOSH RASMUSSEN/THE ARBITER Austin Pettis catches a pass against rival Idaho in Boise earlier in the season. Pettis was confirmed to have sustained a broken ankle and will not return for the 2009-10 season
JOSH RASMUSSEN/THE ARBITER Austin Pettis catches a pass against rival Idaho in Boise earlier in the season. Pettis was confirmed to have sustained a broken ankle and will not return for the 2009-10 season

It has been confirmed through numerous Boise State sources that junior wide receiver Austin Pettis will not return to play for the Boise State Broncos this season. Pettis sustained a broken ankle during a failed two-point conversion against Nevada Friday night at Broncos Stadium.

An athletic department representative, a friend of Pettis’ and two Boise State players have confirmed that Pettis will not return to the active roster for the one remaining game against New Mexico State in Boise on Saturday. The injury could also prevent Pettis from participating in a bowl game.

Pettis finished the season with 62 receptions, 14 touchdowns and broke the single seasons receiving touchdown record before being injured.

BSU head coach Chris Petersen and the athletic department will update Pettis’ status during their weekly press conference with the media on Monday.

“Austin has a fractured lower leg and might be able to return for a bowl game,” coach Chris Petersen said.

Darron Mackey is out as well.

Everyone else – Derrell Acrey and Nate Potter, notably – are day to day.

That could help speed things up instead of throwing a cast on it and letting it heal that way,” Petersen said.