Illini LB Henry shot in hand, out for season

Some unfortunate news out of Champaign as Illinois senior LB Trulon Henry was shot in the hand at an off-campus party early Sunday and will miss the remainder of the regular season.

According to the school, an Illini teammate called Henry to come to the party and help get other players to leave. He arrived there and was one of three people injured when shots were fired into a crowd. Henry underwent surgery Sunday and his status for a possible bowl game is unknown.

You hate to hear about this, especially for a player like Henry, who has turned his life around after serving nearly five years in prison for armed robbery. The older brother of former Illini star WR Arrelious Benn, Henry resumed his football career upon his release and transferred to Illinois after spending two years at a junior college near Chicago. I was very impressed talking with Henry and hearing his candor about his mistakes and his desire to be a better man.

Some will see this latest incident and Henry's past and conclude he relapsed, but the details show otherwise, and Henry had avoided any trouble since his release from prison.

He has two interceptions and 39 tackles this year for Illinois, which has dropped four straight games after a 6-1 start.

Here's hoping Henry has a speedy recovery.