Illini injuries piling up

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- The injury report for the Illinois football team keeps getting longer and longer. On Saturday, the Illini were without 18 players. For the season, Illinois has lost 13 starters to injury for at least some period of time.

But through it all, Lovie Smith isn't making excuses for this young team.

"Are the players showing up everyday doing what we ask them to do? Yes. There are a lot of major things going on off the field. No. It's just that right now, you keep grinding," Smith said. "When one player goes down, another player is stepping up, those are the type. It's these little small battles that you win behind the scenes. There's nothing I can tell you that this is why, it's not like that. It's just these little baby steps that we're taking along the way, it's what you have to grasp right now."

Illinois hosts Indiana on Saturday at 11 a.m.


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