Setback Delayed Persa's Return

According to a report from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa suffered a setback in his rehab during the month of June, and his expected return for the season-opener was pushed back to the Illinois game.

Persa reinjured his Achilles in June as he planted his foot awkwardly while running. Once again, he was forced to wear a walking boot. Suddenly, his return in time for the Boston College game was out of the realm.

"Yeah, I thought it was a done deal (to return for Boston College) and then that hit and set me back a month," said Persa to the Chicago Tribune. "I was pretty upset."

Following Northwestern's loss to Illinois, Persa explained to the media why he removed himself from the game. After feeling some pain, the senior quarterback was concerned of his health.

"That's where I've had setbacks in the past," Persa said after the game.

Shortly after, Persa spoke with the NU medical staff and learned about what happened.

"The docs talked to me and said: ‘This is normal. You'll have some tweaks with this and you'll have to play through it,'" Persa said on Tuesday.

NU's next game is under the lights at Ryan Field against Michigan, and the Wildcats' All-Big Ten quarterback will make his second start of the season.

"Dan Persa worked out (Monday), and was great so we expect him to be great on Saturday."

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