The Illini's top football recruit, quarterback Aaron Bailey of Bolingbrook, hopes to return from injury in time for the playoffs, which start next week.
Bailey sprained the MCL in his right knee Sept. 28.
Said his father, O Bailey: "The swelling has gone down, so they're taking it week by week. He will not play this Friday because he's still got swelling. The doctors explained a sprain is no different than a tear with the exception of no surgery needed. You've just got to take the time to heal it on its own."
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