UPDATED: Abrams ruptures Achilles; out for season

UPDATED: Abrams ruptures Achilles; out for season

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CHAMPAIGN — Nearly 11 months after tearing his ACL, causing him to miss the entire 2014-15 season, Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams ruptured his Achilles’ tendon and will miss the 2015-16 season, the program announced on Tuesday.

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“First of all, my heart goes out to Tracy. He went through so much the last 10 months fighting back from a torn ACL to return to the court this summer,” Illinois coach John Groce said in a statement. “This is obviously a very difficult time for him right now, but I’ve said it before, Tracy has the heart of a champion and I know that he will handle this latest setback with the same resolve and courage in making a full recovery.”

Abrams will not play during Illinois’ upcoming European trip, joining freshman guard Jalen Coleman-Lands (stress fracture in leg) and junior forward Darius Paul (shoulder) on the sideline.

Groce is scheduled to meet with the media later today and there will be more on this story later.

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Moonpie wrote on July 28, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Like Dandy Don Meredith used to say, "Turn out the lights the party's over."


NIT, here we come again. Or, maybe John Groce can coach em up. After all, he already has a raise and extension.

BruckJr wrote on July 28, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Wasn't that Willie Nelson who sang about turning out the lights?

capt80 wrote on July 28, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Monday Night Football....

Illini '73 wrote on July 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm

You have to wonder if Groce is pushing them too hard at this time of year with all the injuries.  If they are going this hard now, what are they going to have left in the tank come January and February not to think about March.