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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Illinois suspends LeShoure and Williams

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


As if things couldn't get worse for Illinois, the team has suspended running back Mikel LeShoure and defensive back Ashante Williams for an unspecified violation of team rules.

LeShoure had 10 carries for 38 yards and scored Illinois' only touchdown in Saturday's loss to Missouri. He also had three receptions for 41 yards. Williams appeared in the game but did not record any statistics.

Illinois head coach Ron Zook didn't provide details about the suspensions but said neither man would play this week against Illinois State.

Zook said on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday that running backs Jason Ford and Daniel Dufrene are expected to return from sprained ankles. Expect sophomore Troy Pollard to get the start against Illinois State, with both Ford and Dufrene filling in.

LeShoure, a sophomore, suffered a broken jaw in November after an altercation with a teammate, reported to be wide receiver Jeff Cumberland.