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Lee likely out against Illinois

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State linebacker Sean Lee is likely to miss his second straight game with a knee injury when the No. 15 Nittany Lions travel to Illinois on Saturday.

Lee sprained his left knee during Penn State's Sept. 19 game against Temple and didn't play in last week's loss to Iowa.

Coach Joe Paterno said Thursday on his weekly radio show that he doesn't think Lee will be able to play. Sophomore Nathan Stupar will most likely start. He missed most of the Iowa game with an ankle injury.

Paterno says the Nittany Lions (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) will also be without freshman wide receiver and kick returner Devon Smith, who suffered a concussion in last week's game and won't make the trip. Wide receiver Chaz Powell, who also returns kickoffs, has been ill this week.