Illinois linebacker Mike Svetina will miss the start of the season with a broken foot, suffered in practice this week. Svetina will be out of action for eight to 10 weeks, which means the earliest return would be early October under the best-case scenario.
“Mike had a fifth metatarsal break in the foot, had the surgery last night, it was great,” Illinois head coach Tim Beckman told reporters Thursday (via CSN Chicago). “It was a clear-cut fracture, so you’re talking eight to 10 weeks that he’s going to be out right now. Came back, saw him this morning, he was great, great spirits. It was a successful operation.”
Svetina was one of the more experienced defensive players on the roster heading into the 2014 season. Last fall Svetina started 11 games for the Illini, although he was projected to be a back-up in the middle of the defense this fall.
Beckman said B.J. Bello will take over Svetina’s reps for now, but Beckman is keeping his options open for the most part before locking any player into the depth chart for the fall.