Jeremy Werner

Dudek, Hardee officially out for season

Both receivers officially listed as 'out for the season'; Rrunning back Josh Ferguson officially out vs. Penn State

CHAMPAIGN - To no surprise given Illinois interim coach Bill Cubit's recent comments, Illini wide receivers Mikey Dudek and Justin Hardee each will sit out the rest of the season and apply for medical hardship waivers.

Dudek, a sophomore who had 76 catches for 1,038 yards as a freshman, suffered a torn ACL during spring practice. He may have been ready for the Week 10 game against Ohio State, Cubit said, but Dudek will not waste a year of eligibility on just two or three games.

"I think it's to a point there where we have to do what's best for the player," Cubit said earlier this month. "We all live with that. It's all about him. I still think we're leading the Big Ten in passing. Would you like to have him? Yeah. Would you like to have Justin (Hardee)? Yeah. I never cry about injuries.  ...We'll never use that as an excuse."

Hardee, a senior who has 47 career catches, was only expected to miss a few games with a broken foot suffered during July. But he suffered a setback and will now sit out the season to preserve a full season of eligibility.

"It's all going to be a personal choice, really," Cubit said earlier this month. "I've sat down with him and asked him where his personal feelings are at. We'll just get him back healthy. When he's healthy, he'll make a decision. If he's not healthy, then there really isn't a decision. He'll just go out there and redshirt. I think Mikey's a little bit more defined at this point."

As expected, senior running back Josh Ferguson is out for Saturday's game at Penn State. He has been sidelined for a month with an AC sprain (shoulder).

The Illinois offense is currently without three of its top four running backs, two of its top receivers and its starting tight end.

Illinois Injury Report - Game 8 at Penn State

Beaver Stadium  //  University Park, Pa.

SaturdayOct. 31, 2015 //  Noon ET / 11 am CT  //  ESPN2

6   RB Josh Ferguson – Out

13 TE Caleb Reams – Out
21 WR Man Berg - Out

47 LEO Sean Adesanya - Out

55 DL Jamal Milan – Out
79 OL Zach Heath – Out
85 DL Brandon Roberts - Out
87 TE Tyler White - Out
2   RB Reggie Corbin – Out for Season
18 WR Mike Dudek – Out for Season
19 WR Justin Hardee – Out for Season

21 DB Patrick Nelson – Out for Season
27 RB Dre Brown – Out for Season
93 DL Teko Powell – Out for Season

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