As of Friday afternoon, Northern Illinois linebacker Devon Butler’s status has been upgraded from “critical” to “serious,” according to officials at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
Butler, a junior from Pembroke Pines, Fla., was the victim of an off-campus shooting in DeKalb earlier this week. He was transported to the Rockford hospital shortly after the incident and had been listed in critical condition since his arrival.
NIU head coach Dave Doeren, linebackers coach Tom Matukewicz and Jeff Compher, associate vice president and director of Athletics, have provided an almost constant Huskie presence at the hospital. Butler’s family has been with him since Wednesday afternoon.
Doeren also announced that the Huskies will return to practice Saturday, April 9, with an 11:45 a.m. non-contact session at Huskie Stadium.
NIU is in the middle of its five-week (15-practice) spring football practice period. Last Thursday morning’s scheduled practice was postponed and will be made up at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 10