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Illinois' Buchanan, Thornton will play

Illinois will have two recently arrested players on the field for Saturday's home showdown against No. 2 Ohio State.

Offensive lineman Hugh Thornton and defensive end Michael Buchanan both will play, although they won't start, a team spokesman tells the Chicago Tribune. After starting the season opener against Missouri, Buchanan missed the last two games after a DUI arrest on Sept. 5.

Thornton, who suffered a scary neck injury against Northern Illinois but was released from the hospital the same day, was arrested last weekend following an incident at a Champaign bar.