Wisconsin Linebacker Ryan Connelly To Miss Pinstripe Bowl

Wisconsin Linebacker Ryan Connelly To Miss Pinstripe Bowl

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Wisconsin Linebacker Ryan Connelly To Miss Pinstripe Bowl

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin senior inside linebacker Ryan Connelly had a surgical procedure to fix a nagging injury, causing him to miss the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec.27.

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst made the announcement Friday morning, adding that the surgery should not affect Connelly’s preparations for the 2019 NFL Draft.

“I feel bad because I know how much he wanted to play in this game,” Chryst said. “It had been the last four games trying to work through something, so he got that fixed.”

Rating No.119 in Draft Tek’s top 300 rankings for 2019, Connelly was a third-team All-Big Ten selection by the conference coaches after registering 89 tackles, 10.0 for loss, 3.0 sacks, and a forced fumble.

A former walk-on, Connelly finishes his career with 52 games played for the Badgers and 26 starts at inside linebacker.

“He’s been unbelievable, it’s been awesome,” Chryst said of Connelly being productive despite the injury. “He was struggling with it. (He) wanted to finish (the season) out. Part of you says, ‘did I leave it all out there?’ Every game he can answer, with great confidence, that he did.”

Junior inside linebacker Chris Orr is likely to get the start against Miami in the bowl game, with the Badgers beginning their deep practice preparations for the game starting Wednesday.

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