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Illini monitoring injury progress of Allison, Ferguson

Illini continue to monitor injuries to team's top playmakers

Illinois senior wide receiver Geronimo Allison -- the Big Ten's leader in receptions and receiving yards -- is continuing to be evaluated with concussion tests, Illinois interim head coach Bill Cubit said during Tuesday's Big Ten telleconference.

Cubit would not comment on whether Allison actually suffered a concussion during Saturday's 29-20 loss at Iowa.

"I can't tell you the extent of it to be honest with you because just being out of town," said Cubit, who is traveling for recruiting visits. "But he does feel a whole lot better (according to team trainers). They're going through the process. They're going through the normal procedure with all the (concussion) test. He's passed the test. That's as far as I know right now."

Cubit said Allison likely will not participate much in practice this week as Illinois has no game scheduled this weekend.

Allison was hit hard on the final drive on Saturday. It appeared an Iowa defender's shoulder pad hit Allison's helmet during the high-speed collision.

As for senior running back Josh Ferguson, Cubit said the team is still determining how much time the starter will miss with a shoulder injury.

"We're still waiting to see how far away that injury is," Cubit said. "We'll probably make a determination sometime next week on whether he can play not."

Ferguson suffered a the injury during the first quarter of the Illini's 14-13 win over Nebraska on Oct. 3 and sat out the Iowa game. Cubit has not specified a timeline for the running back's return.


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