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Illinois running back Dre Brown suffers torn ACL, will miss 2016 season

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Brown missed 2015 with a similar injury.

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Some awful news just broke for Fighting Illini football. Via his Twitter account, freshman running back Dre Brown has suffered another torn ACL and will miss the 2016 season. Brown was the victim of a similar injury to his other knee last Spring (almost a year ago today, actually).

Brown, a former three-star recruit, was expected to be competing for playing time behind sophomore Ke'Shawn Vaughn this season.

Of course, star wide receiver Mikey Dudek also suffered a second consecutive season-ending knee injury about two weeks ago. The two incidents aren't necessarily related, but it's hard to ignore the somewhat alarming number of injuries that Illinois has suffered in recent offseasons.

This news is just horrible, though. Get well soon, Dre. We'll all be pulling for you.