Seven Starters Injured As Wisconsin Prepares For Rutgers

Seven Starters Injured As Wisconsin Prepares For Rutgers

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Seven Starters Injured As Wisconsin Prepares For Rutgers

MADISON, Wis. – It’s assumed the University of Wisconsin will get an opportunity to get healthier mentally this weekend when it hosts last-place Rutgers this weekend at Camp Randall Stadium.

Hopefully, the Badgers will figure out a way to get healthier physically, too, before a challenging two-game road stretch.

Wisconsin’s injury report released Monday had six players listed questionable with injuries and two starters – left tackle Cole Van Lanen and nose tackle Olive Sagapolu – already ruled out with various injuries as the Badgers (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) try to regroup before hosting the Scarlet Knights (1-7, 0-5) Saturday.

Van Lanen (left leg) and Sagapolu (right arm) were both injured in the second half of Wisconsin’s 31-17 loss at Northwestern. Van Lanen’s injury will test UW’s depth, as senior Jon Dietzen has struggled to stay healthy and consistent throughout a full game. True freshman Bryson Williams will likely get his first start at nose tackle.

“I’ve liked and appreciated his approach,” Chryst said of Williams. “I think he’s getting better every week … Where he is now compared to two months, he knows a little bit more to help himself get better. We don’t want him or need him to be something he’s not. We just need him to continue to get better.”

The six questionable players are not shocking. Cornerback Trayvion Blaylock (right leg) has missed the last games, safety D’Cota Dixon (right leg) and defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk (left leg) has missed the last three and free safety Scott Nelson (right leg) has virtually missed that same amount of time.

Quarterback Alex Hornibrook (head) and cornerback Deron Harrell (right leg) both missed Saturday’s loss.

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 11 a.m. on the Big Ten Network.

 

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