Illinois' Benn likely to return this week

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Illinois star wide receiver Arrelious Benn likely will return for this week's game against Illinois State after leaving Saturday's loss against Missouri with a sprained right ankle early in the first quarter.

Head coach Ron Zook said Benn's ankle isn't nearly as bad as originally feared. Zook on Sunday listed Benn as probable for the Illinois State game.

Illini running backs Jason Ford and Daniel Dufrene also are probable for this week with sprained ankles.

After the Illini offense sputtered against Mizzou, all three players can't get back soon enough.