Illinois QB Scheelhaase OK after shoulder injury

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase briefly left Saturday’s win over Arizona State with a shoulder injury but head coach Ron Zook says he’s fine and should have no problems playing this weekend.

Zook said Tuesday that the right-handed Scheelhaase bruised his throwing shoulder on a hit last Saturday. Freshman quarterback Reilly O’Toole briefly relieved Scheelhaase in the fourth quarter of No. 24 Illinois’ 17-14 win. Scheelhaase returned to throw the game-winning touchdown.

Zook also said that offensive tackle Corey Lewis will travel to New York this week to have his injured leg evaluated. Lewis missed 2010 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He was projected to start this season but reinjured the leg early this year.

No. 24 Illinois (3-0) faces Western Michigan (2-1) at home on Saturday.