Williams, Benn leave game with injuries

John Supinie

Illinois finished off a 31-26 victory over No. 5 Wisconsin in a Big Ten Conference football game Saturday without stars Juice Williams and Arrelious Benn.

Williams left the game midway through the fourth quarter with what he described as a hyperextended left knee. Benn left the game in the final minute of the third quarter with an appearent dislocated right shoulder.

"I should be fine,'' Williams said. "I don't think I got touched on the run. I could have gone back in. Why risk it? Eddie (McGee) scored a touchdown, so I just watched him.''

There was no update on Benn, the physical slot receiver and one of three key playmakers on the Illini offense. Benn reinjured the shoulder he dislocated in the team's first scrimmage at Camp Rantoul in August.

Benn attempted to stiff-arm a Wisconsin defense on a sweep two plays before the end of the third quarter. Benn injured the shoulder in the same way in the preseason scrimmage. With the arm hanging limp, Benn fell to the ground.

But Benn also could have returned, coach Ron Zook said. Benn didn't attend the interview session after the game.

Williams rushed for 92 yards and passed for 121 yards. Benn caught five passes for 51 yards and gained five yards rushing on two attempts. He had 47 yards on two kickoff returns.

"I'm expecting Arrelious to be available on Monday until I hear differently,'' Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said.

Benn missed a week after dislocating his shoulder in August. Williams was knocked out of the season opener against Missouri with a head injury but returned to practice two days later. He started the Illini's first six games.

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