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Wilson to have neck surgery

Updated: September 17, 2009, 8:20 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Illinois' defense has suffered a major blow as the team announced Thursday that starting middle linebacker Martez Wilson will miss the remainder of the season with a herniated disk in his neck.

Wilson, a two-year starter who moved over to middle linebacker during the offseason, will undergo surgery in the near future. He has a redshirt year available and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

"We feel awful for Martez," Illinois coach Ron Zook said in ...

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