Indiana State Loses Star Running Back to Injury

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana State lost record-setting running back Shakir Bell with a separated right shoulder late in the first half of Thursday night's season opener at Indiana.

Bell landed hard on his shoulder at the end of long run with 1:20 left in the first half. He was helped to the bench and returned for the second half in street clothes.

He is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks. A team spokesman said X-rays for a broken collarbone were negative.

Bell, a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award, the Football Championship Subdivision's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. He ran 18 times for 113 yards before leaving and needs 429 yards to break the school's career rushing mark and 840 to break the Missouri Valley Football Conference career record.