Illinois reserve Frazier out 4-8 weeks

Updated: December 7, 2005, 9:16 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois freshman guard Chester Frazier will miss four to eight weeks because of an injury to his left leg, a team spokesman said Wednesday night.

An MRI determined Frazier had suffered a slight tear and strain of his left quadriceps muscle, spokesman Derrick Burson said. Frazier won't be able to begin rehabilitation for a week to 10 days so swelling can subside, Burson said.

Frazier hurt his leg before Monday's game against Arkansas-Little Rock, but he told coach Bruce Weber he's not sure how the injury occurred. He did not play Monday night.

Frazier averaged 16 minutes in the first seven games as senior Dee Brown's primary backup at point guard.

Weber said Tuesday that if Frazier were to miss significant time junior Rich McBride and redshirt freshman Calvin Brock could see more playing time at point guard. Weber won't consider the possibility of Frazier taking a medical redshirt to preserve his freshman eligibility unless it's clear his return wouldn't come until deep into the Big Ten season, Burson said Wednesday night.

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