Two Tuesday notes

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Northern Illinois defensive end Sean Progar isn't making a big deal over a late hit from Purdue guard Zach Reckman at the end of Saturday's 28-21 NIU victory.

You can refresh yourself with Reckman's hit here (or here or here). Progar recovered a fumble on the final play of the game and slid to the ground to end the play and clinch NIU's win.

"Of course I wanted to take it back because I saw that green [grass] but I just made a decision," Progar said after Tuesday's practice. "We got the win so I just went down. I didn't even notice that guy hit me afterwards either until I watched the film the other day. I didn't even notice. I thought it was one of my own players jumping on me."

Asked if he thought it was a cheap hit, Progar said, "No. I mean, it was but I don't really care."

We'll have more on Progar and the NIU defense in Saturday's Daily Chronicle and on

Kritikos at practice: Senior defensive end Mike Kritikos, who has been out since the spring with a leg injury, was in uniform at Tuesday's practice. Returning to the field in a game is still questionable at this point for Kritikos.

"He's moving around," NIU coach Jerry Kill said. "But I don't know what his status is as far as playing or anything like that. They're moving him around a little bit today. We're not going to play him tomorrow because he hasn't really been doing anything.

"But the kid's a senior. He wants to do well, so you give him credit for trying. We'll see what happens. We've got a long season. The way things are going, guys are getting nicked up, we may need him."


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