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Illini loses potential LB starter to season-ending injury

Henry Dickinson AP

Instead of continuing the months-long battle for a starting job in 2012, Henry Dickinson will instead be forced to rehab a significant leg injury in preparation for the 2013 season.

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman confirmed Monday that the linebacker will be lost for the season due to a broken ankle and leg.    Dickinson suffered the injury during a scrimmage last week.

“It was an unfortunate thing,” Beck,an said. “He was doing a great job. Henry will bounce back because Henry’s a great person, a great kid and a great football player.”

Dickinson, No. 2 on the depth chart exiting spring, had been in fight with Houston Bates for the starting job throughout the offseason.

As a true freshman last season, Dickinson played in 11 games.

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