Illinois quarterback West Lunt out up to 6 weeks with broken leg

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CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — Illinois coach Tim Beckman says quarterback Wes Lunt has a broken left leg and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Beckman said in a news release late Sunday that the redshirt sophomore quarterback broke his fibula Saturday in the Illini's 38-27 loss to Purdue.

Lunt limped off the field in the fourth quarter and didn't return. He said after the game that he had a calf injury he believed he initially suffered in September in the loss to Washington.

Beckman said in the release he is disappointed for Lunt, who is having a strong season. Lunt is in the top 20 in the nation in passing yards with 1,569 and touchdowns with 13.

Beckman said Illinois (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) will now turn to Lunt's backup, Reilly O'Toole, and third-stringer Aaron Bailey.

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