Illinois offensive lineman Jordyn Slaughter broke his ankle during practice this week, he announced on Thursday morning.

Slaughter posted a photo of himself at a hospital and said the injury needed surgery.

Here’s the announcement:

Slaughter was entering his redshirt junior with the Illini. He played in five games a season ago and started one contest at left guard.

With new coach Bret Bielema in charge, Slaughter could have been in line for more playing time this season. He played in six total games in three seasons with coach Lovie Smith.

It’s currently unclear when Slaughter will be able to return to the field.

Slaughter is a Belleville, Ill., native and was a 3-star prospect in the class of 2018. According to 247Sports Composite rankings, he was the No. 85 offensive tackle in the country for that class.

Illinois opens its 2021 season with Nebraska on Aug. 28.