Illinois RT Corey Lewis played through torn ACL in 2013 season

Illinois' Corey Lewis tore an ACL for the fourth time this season
Illinois' Corey Lewis tore an ACL for the fourth time this season. (USATSI)

Illinois offensive tackle Corey Lewis may have played the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL, which is an injury Lewis has been very familiar with throughout his career. It's the fourth time he's torn an ACL.

Lewis told the Chicago Sun-Times that he suspected something was wrong with his knee since training camp, and the doctor who operated on his latest torn ACL six weeks ago believes he played the entire season with it.

The 2013 season was Lewis' sixth year of eligibility, as he received the extra time after suffering three ACL injuries before this season. And it was the idea of missing yet another season that kept Lewis from letting his coaches know what was going on.

"I felt that if I could play, there was no reason to MRI it and get shut down if something came out of the MRI," said Lewis. "I just wanted to play my last season."

In spite of all the ACL injuries, Lewis is still going to give a professional career a shot, as he'll be at Illinois' Pro Day in March even if the only thing he can do is lift weights. Though if that doesn't work out, Lewis points out he already has his master's degree and plans to be an athletic director one day.

A job in which it's much more difficult to tear an ACL.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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