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Illini Suspend Aaron Cosby and Rayvonte Rice Indefinitely

Two injured Illini have now been suspended by Coach Groce.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

More bad news struck the Illini less than an hour before their tilt with the Penn State Nittnay Lions. Guards Aaron Cosby and Rayvonte Rice have been suspended for a violation of team rules according to Coach John Groce.

Rice has not played since the Ohio State game and Cosby played last against Indiana. Both were expected to be returning sometime soon and many expected Cosby to play today.

I am hoping this is more of a "they didn't work out when they had injuries and aren't ready to play" thing. Anything more serious would be very bad for the already down Illini.

So what does this mean for the team right now?

Well it looks like they are going to have to play with a seven man rotation. Hopefully the week off let them get their legs back a little bit. A loss to Penn State or Rutgers would hurt a lot so the Illini are going to need everyone until Cosby and Rice are able to come back.

UPDATE: Looks like I was wrong:

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