Bret Bielema had some encouraging remarks for Illinois fans on Monday.

Chase Brown, the nations leading rusher, went down with what appeared to be a serious injury in Week 11 against Purdue. The Illini were down by 10 with under 30 seconds remaining when Brown went down.

Bielema provided an update on Brown’s status during his press conference. Bielema says that Brown is trending in the right direction but it seems that his status for Saturday is still unknown.

Though he might not be available, it’s still a good sign that Brown’s injury may not be season-ending.

Through 11 games, Brown has recorded 1,442 yards and 7 scores on 5.2 yards a carry. He also has added 173 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.

Brown has been a dark horse Heisman candidate throughout the course of his junior season, and those aspirations will likely be out the window if he doesn’t play this Saturday.