The Sun-Times is reporting that Dan Persa left the NU/Illinois game, limping, at 13:38 of the 4th Quarter after getting sacked and getting hit on the back of his right foot (same leg with repaired Achilles). Coach Fitzgerald said holding Persa out was "precautionary". Kain Coulter finished the game at quarterback.
"I got hit when I was rolling out, and I felt some pain in the bottom of my heel and the top of my Achilles started to stiffen up, and in the past that's when setbacks have happened" Persa said.
Additionally, Mike Trumpy went down with an injured left knee in the second half. Coach Fitzgerald said Trumpy might have a sprained knee, but the injury will have to be re-evaluated. Trumpy left the game early in the third quarter and was taken off the field in a golf cart. He finished with 63 yards on 12 carries.
Kind of a shame for Persa. He's pretty dynamic when healthy but Coulter is no slouch. If this game is truly a sell-out (it's being reported as such), it should be a blast.