Fighting Illini receiver Mikey Dudek re-tore his left ACL back in April, but the sophomore remains optimistic for potential return this Fall. Dudek recently informed The News-Gazette that his surgically-repaired knee is doing better, and he "wants to play as soon as possible." Additionally, the interview mentions that 5-foot-11 wideout was cleared to start jogging late last week.
Dudek: 'I want to play as soon as possible' https://t.co/E3Lwi2ffmt #illini via https://t.co/ljcNF3C36c— Illini News (@IlliniNews1) July 10, 2016
Now, The News-Gazette mentioned October 15 (at Rutgers) and October 22 (at Michigan) as hypothetical return dates under the ideal parameters that Dudek mentioned. But -- you guessed it -- that's absurdly optimistic. I can't recall any instances in which a football player returned 6 months after ACL surgery, let alone someone who's had the same injury in back-to-back years.
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