Illinois' Henry out for season after being shot
Illinois safety/linebacker Trulon Henry will miss the rest of the season after he was shot in the hand while trying to play the role of peacemaker when a fight broke out at a party early Sunday, the team said.
Two unidentified men were also wounded in the incident.
Illinois coach Ron Zook said Henry had driven to the house party near campus in Champaign, Ill., to pick up five or six teammates who wanted to leave the venue because it was getting out of control, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Henry had not intended to go inside, but eventually entered to settle the situation -- and was shot in his ring finger when a fight broke out. He had to undergo surgery as a result.
"I spoke with Trulon, he called me around 4:30 or 5:00am and apologized," Zook said. "He said all he was trying to do was help. He's a team leader, he's trying to help, and he ended up being in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Zook said he was not planning any disciplinary action.
"This is the first issue we've had like this, with a curfew thing. It was late, I'm not going to deny that. But most college football teams don't normally have a curfew on Saturday night."
Henry, 27, lives with his wife and daughter in Champaign. The injury has likely ended his college career, but he is expected to make a full recovery, which will enable him to pursue a pro career, the report said.