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Injuries piling up around Big Ten

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

It happens every August on cue. As soon as teams start going through full-pads practices, injuries begin to pile up.

Here are a few of note:

  • Illinois cornerback Miami Thomas suffered a left knee injury during Tuesday's practice and had to be carted off the field. Thomas is in the mix for a starting spot this fall and seemed to be having a strong camp. The self-assured sophomore, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, told me last week he already had five interceptions in camp and was going for 10.

  • A source tells The Cleveland Plain Dealer that Ohio State starting linebacker Austin Spitler strained his calf Tuesday and will be out for a few weeks, possibly more. The Buckeyes are already down a linebacker as Tyler Moeller will miss the season with a head injury, and their depth will be tested if Spitler misses an extended period of time.

  • Wisconsin seems to have caught a break as left tackle Gabe Carimi's knee injury looks minor, but the Badgers are still without starting offensive linemen John Moffitt and Bill Nagy. Moffitt, who has a strained pectoral muscle, told me he's close to returning to practice and worked with a blocking sled at Tuesday's workout. Nagy has battled hand and heel injuries, but head coach Bret Bielema expects him back by the middle of next week, at the latest.