Mike Dudek held out of practice with knee injury

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Illinois star wide receiver Mike Dudek was held out of practice yesterday and all that Illini coach Lovie Smith would say was that it was due to a knee injury, per Bob Asmussen of The News-Gazette.

“Nothing beyond that,” Smith said. “Just as a general rule guys, I don’t talk an awful lot about injuries.”

A former three-star recruit from the Chicago area, Dudek broke out as a true freshman in 2014 and had a team-best 76 catches for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in spring practices last year and was ultimately forced to miss all of the 2015 season. As a result, Illinois went 5-7 (2-6 Big Ten) and did not carry a single 1,000 yard receiver en route to finishing 59th in receiving offense.

The good news is that Smith referred to Dudek’s injury as “day to day” and the Illini have today and tomorrow off from practice before resuming again Friday. Hopefully, Dudek is able to get back on the field soon and help Illinois have its first winning season since 2007.

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