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Southern Illinois' Dantiel Daniels Will Return Saturday

What originally looked like a season-ending injury to Southern Illinois' Dantiel Daniels has healed quite quickly. The sophomore will test his aching groin as the Salukis face Benedictine-Springfield.

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Dantiel Daniels to Return For SIU on Saturday

Dantiel Daniels will return to the lineup for Southern Illinois when they take on Benedictine-Springfield on Saturday night. The sophomore had been out with a groin injury to begin the season.

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SIU's Daniels Could Be Back in Just 5 Weeks

The Missouri Valley conference had their media day teleconference Tuesday, and Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson gave an update on the injury report for the Salukis.

He said the Salukis are dealing with several injury issues, but the Dantiel Daniels situation is the one that most people are concerned about:

This goes back to the first estimate Tom Weber wrote about in his blog after the injury first occurred. With Daniels out for the first five weeks, the Salukis are going to have trouble in the nonconference portion of their schedule.

Fortunately, Southern Illinois has a pretty easy slate this year, so they could survive Dantiels' injury. The real question will be what Daniels is like when he returns. Foot injuries are not exactly kind to big men long term.

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Could SIU's Dantiel Daniels miss the season?

Hidden at the end of the recap of Southern Illinois' exhibition victory against Lincoln University is some surprising - and for Saluki fans, troubling - news. According to siusalukis.com's Tom Weber, head coach Barry Hinson is worried that he may lose Dantiel Daniels for the entire season.

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