URBANA (WCIA) — The Illinois football team is thru its first nine practices of training camp and head coach Lovie Smith says there are no major injuries. Call that a win for an Illini team that lacks depth at most positions.
“Injuries are going to happen,” Smith said. “The ones we’ve had have been just kind of freak things that happen for the most part but I think most people, just don’t have the numbers to be able to scrimmage everyday.”
Starting defensive tackle Jamal Milan was at practice on Monday wearing a long knee brace. The junior did not participate but was wearing shoulder pads and his helmet. Milan went down with a knee injury during Friday’s full team portion of practice, he had to be helped off the field. Smith said he hopes to get him back soon.
One serious injury happened before practice started. Graduate transfer Shaedon Meadors got hurt during summer workouts and will miss the remainder of the year.