Mike Epstein
Running BackRB
Illinois Fighting Illini
Questionable
Injury Foot
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Epstein burst on to the scene with the Illini in 2017, taking the lead role in the backfield from the get-go and racking up 346 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 57 carries (6.1 YPC) in the first five games. Unfortunately, a foot injury ended his season in Week 5, and he remained sidelined during the spring, but the sophomore appears healthy heading into fall camp. Assuming he can handle the workhorse role in 2018, Epstein owns the most upside of any tailback in the Illini backfield. Any semblance of a passing game could also result in boosted numbers for Epstein during his second season in Champaign. Read Past Outlooks
Likely out for season
RBIllinois
Foot
November 12, 2018
Head coach Lovie Smith said Epstein (foot) "probably will not be back this season," Jeremy Werner of 247Sports.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Epstein injured his foot back in Week 8 and hasn't been able to play since. It seems that the issue is pretty serious, so the team appears to be ready to let him put his focus on preparing for the 2019 season. If he is held out, the sophomore running back will finish the season with 411 yards and three touchdowns on 60 carries. Ra'Von Bonner figures to play a bigger role for the rest of the season as a result of this development.
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Ruled out for Week 11
RBIllinois
Foot
November 10, 2018
Epstein (foot) will not play against Nebraska on Saturday, Jeremy Werner of 247Sports.com reports.
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Sits out again in Week 10
RBIllinois
Foot
November 6, 2018
Epstein (foot) did not play again Saturday against Minnesota.
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Held out for Week 9
RBIllinois
Foot
October 27, 2018
Epstein (foot) is out for Saturday's game against Maryland, Jeremy Werner of 247Sports.com reports.
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Status uncertain for Week 9
RBIllinois
Lower Body
October 26, 2018
Epstein's availability for Saturday's game against Maryland is up in the air due to right foot injury he suffered last weekend, Scott Richey of The News-Gazette reports.
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Will not return Saturday
RBIllinois
Lower Body
October 20, 2018
Epstein (lower body) will not return to Saturday's game against Wisconsin.
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