(picture courtesy of UAlbanyathletics.com)

The UAlbany football is on a bye week this before returning to the field next Saturday. Unfortunately for Coach Greg Gattuso and his team, they will be without their star junior running back Elijiah Ibitokun-Hanks for the remainder of the season. Coach Gattuso released this statement to the Daily Gazette late Tuesday evening.

“The health of our student-athletes is always of the utmost importance,. Elijah has worked extremely hard to get back on the field, but right now it’s in his best interest to focus on his recovery. He’s an extremely valuable member of our program, and we’ll look forward to getting him back next season

The preseason All-American had played in just one game for the Great Danes this season after suffering a torn ACL in the final game of the 2016 season. The Great Danes' record stands at 3-3 this season. Don't forget you can hear all Great Danes football games this year on ESPN Radio 1045 The Team.