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CMU receivers Corey Willis, Brandon Childress out with injuries for extended time

CMU will be without three of its top receivers from 2016 this week.

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Northern Illinois Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Central Michigan Chippewas passing offense has suffered two more injuries to its receiving corps after its win against Kansas.

Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego confirmed injuries to Corey Willis and Brandon Childress in press availability earlier this week, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the passing offense for at least the next four weeks.

Willis suffered an unknown fracture and will be out for four weeks, according to Adam Jaksa of the Chippewa Sports Network, while Brandon Childress will be out for the year with a torn ACL, per Central Michigan Life.

Willis was CMU’s leading receiver in 2016, catching 71 passes for 1,087 yards and nine touchdowns. So far in 2017, Willis has 16 receptions, 183 yards and a touchdown. He will most likely be replaced in the lineup by senior Eric Cooper, who has one career touchdown.

Childress, CMU’s current slot receiver, was the fifth-leading receiver in 2016, collecting 23 receptions for 523 yards and a touchdown. Childress will finish the 2017 campaign with five receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. He’ll likely be replaced by Cameron Cole, a sophomore, who caught his first career pass in last week’s game against Kansas.

It’s another blow for the CMU receiving corps, who lost second-leadig receiver Tyler Conklin to a foot injury in fall camps, leaving him unavailable for at least six weeks.

Sophomores Jamil Sabbagh and Damon Terry could also see some snaps at the receiver positions for the Chippewas in relief of Cooper and Cole. Sabbagh, a five-foot-nine, 200 lb. receiver, has one career reception. Terry, who stands at six-foot, 200 lbs., has two appearances with no receptions.

Expect to see an increase in role for tight end Logan Hessbrook as well, as he played receiver at Saginaw Valley State prior to transferring.

CMU’s next game will be agaisnt the Syracuse Orange on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. on the ACC Network.