Illinois' Nixon-Youman sustains stomach injury

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

You wouldn't normally put "torn stomach muscles" and "good news" in the same sentence, but it holds true for Illinois cornerback Patrick Nixon-Youman.

The Illini freshman sustained torn stomach muscles during a scrimmage April 22 and had to be carted off the field. Team officials feared Nixon-Youman had sustained fractures in his hip or lower midsection, so the health report is promising.

Head coach Ron Zook mentioned Nixon-Youman on his Twitter page this morning, writing, "Got some good news on Pat Nixon should be fine this young man. Has been through it. Think he will be exciting."

A heralded 2008 recruit, Nixon-Youman spent last fall improving his grades before getting clearance from the NCAA. He had shown promise this spring before the injury.