Supo Sanni knows what Mikel Leshoure is going through. Exactly.
A year ago, the Illinois safety suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during practice, costing him the 2010 season. On Monday, former Illini Leshoure suffered the same injury during a Detroit Lions practice.
Sanni said he is confident Leshoure will be able to bounce back from the injury, which requires a recovery time of up to a year.
"Mikel's a tough guy," Sanni said. "He can probably pull it off in seven months. I just wish him the best. The rehab, you've just got to stick with it."
Sanni's Achilles' story has a happy ending. He is back with the Illini and is a projected starter.
"It feels great now," Sanni said. "I'm just happy to be back on the field."
Shortly after hearing about the injury, Illinois coach Ron Zook sent a text message to Leshoure, who quickly wrote back.
"It's a shame," Zook said. "You feel bad for him. It's an unfortunate thing of this game. He'll be all right.
"I know they were very, very happy with him too."
Leshoure's mom, Jazz Jones, hit the road Monday afternoon bound for Detroit. She didn't know all the details of the injury.
"He just wants to play ball," Jones said.