RANTOUL, Ill. (AP) -Illinois defensive tackle Sirod Williams will miss the season with a knee injury.
Williams faces surgery after hurting the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Saturday during preseason practice.
Coach Ron Zook said Williams is expected to take a medical redshirt and return next season.
The 6-foot, 292-pound Williams appeared in 12 of the Illini's 13 games last season. Sophomore Josh Brent is expected to start at Williams' defensive tackle spot.
Illinois opens its season against Missouri on August 30th in St. Louis.

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