Despite a last-minute football win on network TV Saturday, Illinois' image took a hit. Illini freshman running back Mikel Leshoure is out indefinitely with a broken jaw after an incident with a teammate following the game.

Despite a last-minute football win on network TV Saturday, Illinois' image took a hit. Illini freshman running back Mikel Leshoure is out indefinitely with a broken jaw after an incident with a teammate following the game.

Leshoure won't play when Illinois faces Western Michigan at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday and will be listed as "week-to-week,'' said team spokesman Cassie Arner. The altercation didn't happen in the locker room, but no other details were released.

The athletic department wouldn't name the player involved, but sources said it was junior receiver Jeff Cumberland in a dispute over a cell phone.

"I'm very disappointed that something like this has occurred,'' coach Ron Zook said in a prepared statement. "We have investigated the incident, and we'll deal with it internally.''

Junior Daniel Dufrene, the team's leading rusher with 539 yards, was expected to return to play against Western Michigan after missing the game against Iowa because of personal problems, Zook said. Dufrene and freshman Jason Ford, who started against Iowa, split time with the first string during practice Monday.

Leshoure is fourth on the team with 126 yards rushing on 35 carries. He has one touchdown. Leshoure rushed for 11 yards on five carries and caught three passes for 31 yards in the 27-24 victory over Iowa on Saturday.

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