Top pick Kevin King sits out of practice, joins a number of injured top draft picks

The Green Bay Packers top pick Kevin King sat out this morning’s practice due to a shoulder injury. King still showed up to the practice, which hopefully means it’s not serious. King had been practicing earlier this training camp as a starting corner for the Packers. Quinten Rollins filled in at corner in place of King this morning.

With King out due to injury, it means that three of the Packers top four picks are now sidelined with injuries to start training camp. Packers third-round pick DT Montravius Adams will miss multiple weeks after having surgery on his foot Tuesday.

Vince Biegel, the Packers fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin is also sitting out of camp. He was placed on the physically unable to perform list (PUP). Biegel had surgery on his foot shortly after rookie camp in May. The Packers expect to get Biegel back in a couple of weeks.

Vince Biegel, Demetri Goodson to start training camp on the PUP list

Vince Biegel’s first training camp practice will not come for a few weeks.

Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Thursday morning that the former Wisconsin linebacker will start on the Green Bay Packers physically unable to perform list as he continues to recover from offseason foot surgery. He’ll be joined there by cornerback Demetri Goodson, who suffered a knee injury in the final regular season game a year ago.

“Both those guys have been here every day I’ve been in here. They’re making progress,” McCarthy said prior. “Vince looks like it’s going to be a couple weeks. Don’t really have a timeline for Demetri.”

Biegel, a fourth-round pick in April’s NFL draft, had surgery after Green Bay’s rookie minicamp. It’s the same foot he injured during his senior year at Wisconsin.

His absence is notable for a number of reasons, including the fact the team lost Julius Peppers and Datone Jones in free agency, leaving them thin at outside linebacker.

“I’m confident in the other guys,” McCarthy said. “We got to get Vince back to 100 percent. We have time.”

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Hand injury ends Vince Biegel’s day early

GREEN BAY — Vince Biegel’s first practice as a member of the Green Bay Packers came to end early on Friday, as the former Wisconsin outside linebacker left midway through the session with what turned out to be a minor injury to a finger on his left hand.

“It’s not too much of a concern. It’s not a season-ending injury by any means,” said Biegel, who underwent X-rays and was still being evaluated by the team’s medical staff. “This is a finger here. My whole body is ready to go. This is football. You get nicks and bruises. I’m not concerned at all about this moving forward.”

Being forced out of practice early was frustrating for Biegel, but he remained upbeat.

“[I’m] disappointed, obviously, that I didn’t get to finish my first practice as a Green Bay Packer,” Biegel said. “Obviously, I was really looking forward to this moment. [But]listen, this is going to be a bumpy road. There’s ups and downs in this journey.”

The injury has been the lone negative for the Wisconsin Rapids native since being selected with the first pick of the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. A fan of the Packers for his entire life, the week has been one memorable moment after another.

“Given my situation, being from Wisconsin, it was really kind of a surreal moment to check out the locker room…check out the indoor facility, the weight room, the training tables [and the] training room,” Biegel said. “It was a really cool experience. I’m extremely blessed.”

When Biegel walked into the locker room, he found his nameplate and quickly noticed the two players on either side of him in veterans Nick Perry and Clay Matthews, the latter of which has been an inspiration for Biegel throughout his football life and stopped by to welcome him to the team.

“Clay approached me, and it was kind of fun to shake hands with Clay, see him, talk with him,” Biegel said. “It was a guy I looked up to. I’ve taken parts of his game and tried to include it in mine.”

Biegel felt that his locker placement was intentional, placing him between the team’s two best pass rushers and that it meant the coaching staff has high expectations for him. Though the three-year starter for the Badgers is likely reading too much into it, he’ll chase those perceived expectations anyways, and do so with a passion few others possess. That intensity won’t be reserved for the field either, as coach Mike McCarthy and the rest of the staff have learned in just a few days of being around him.

“He drove here. He was the first one here. He sat in the front row [in the first team meeting],” McCarthy said. “He’s off to a great start.”

Packers kick off day 3 by selecting Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel

PHILADELPHIA — The Green Bay Packers were expected to select a Wisconsin linebacker, but instead of T.J. Watt, it was teammate Vince Biegel.

Biegel was taken with the 108th pick to kick off the fourth round of the NFL Draft. In his four years with the Badgers, Biegel racked up 88 solo tackles, including 28.5 for a loss. He was a second team All-Big Ten selection his senior year and a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

Green Bay beefs up its pass rush once again, drafting its fourth defensive player of the 2017 Draft. General manager Ted Thompson hinted that day three would be more focused on offensive selections. Green Bay will also have the 28th pick in round four.

T.J. Watt will be in no hurry to decide whether to return for his senior year or declare for the NFL draft

The Cotton Bowl on Monday could mark the end of an era for Wisconsin football.

Every year since 2008 there has been at least one player on the team with the last name of Watt. But in the wake of a breakout junior campaign, the youngest Watt, T.J., could opt to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

“I’m solely focused on this game, a hundred percent,” Watt said when asked about his plans for 2017. “Everything that comes after this game will come after this game. I’m not worried about the future at all right now.”

If Watt does decide to leave and gets drafted, he’d be following in his two older brother’s footsteps.

J.J. was a standout defensive end after transferring in from Central Michigan prior to the 2008 season. He started for two years, and then passed up his senior year in favor of the draft, a smart move as he went No. 11 overall to the Houston Texans. In his five full years of playing, Watt has earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors three times.

The middle brother, Derek, was a four-year starter at fullback for the Badgers, and was drafted in the fifth round last April by the San Diego Chargers.

Now comes T.J., who in his first year starting at outside linebacker earned first-team All-Big Ten recognition by leading Wisconsin with 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. It was an effort that has ESPN’s draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr., listing him among the top-10 draft-eligible outside linebackers, while earlier in the season Sports Illustrated cited two scouts saying he’d receive a second-round grade at a minimum if he came out this year.

“I’m excited about the opportunity of being able to sit down and taking a serious consideration of my options,” Watt said. “At the same time…I don’t think you can look into the NFL and everything else when you’ve got such a big opponent in Western Michigan in a big-time game like this. All my chips are in one basket.”

A year ago, fellow outside linebacker Vince Biegel announced right after the Badgers’ Holiday Bowl win over USC that he would be returning for his senior season. Don’t expect something similar from Watt.

“I don’t think you can put a timetable on something like that, something so serious,” Watt said. “It’ll be a big moment for me whether I come back or whether I go. Definitely going to take some time.”

Players have until Jan. 18 to declare for the draft.

Wisconsin 23, Nebraska 17 (OT): 2-minute drill

Game Balls

Offense: Dare Ogunbowale

Saturday night belonged to the senior running back. He carried the ball just 11 times but ran for a season-high 120 yards, the fourth time he’s topped the century mark in his career, with half of them coming against Nebraska.

Showing patience and some elite quickness, Ogunbowale sliced through the Huskers defense time after time, doing most of his damage on draws, exploiting an aggressive front seven. On his final carry of the night, he followed left tackle Ryan Ramczyk and center Michael Deiter around the edge of the Nebraska defense for an 11-yard touchdown that proved to be the winning score.

Defense: Ryan Connelly, Leon Jacobs

Tasked with trying to replace Jack Cichy, the heart and soul of the defense, the two inside linebackers flew all over the field, finishing with a combined 22 tackles, two tackles for loss and a couple pass break-ups. They weren’t without their flaws — outside linebacker Vince Biegel says they had some communication issues — but put in a difficult situation they played at a very high level.

Special Teams: Corey Clement

It what wasn’t a banner night for the special teams, Clement’s 24-yard punt return in the first quarter stands out. The senior was able to shake off some would-be tacklers and set the offense up with great field position at their own 49-yard line. Two plays later the Badgers were in the end zone to take an early 7-0 lead.

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“There was a sense of calm and confidence that (we) had coming out there.

“We were not going to let another close one — (an) overtime night game — slip by our fingers again.”

Linebacker Vince Biegel on the defense’s mentality as they took the field in overtime with a 6-point lead

In Case You Missed It

— Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone joined Nebraska kicker Drew Brown and the rest of the Huskers specialists for their pregame ritual of carrying the late Sam Foltz’s jersey to the sideline. Foltz, a punter at Nebraska, was killed, along with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, in a car accident in Wisconsin back in July.

— Redshirt freshman David Edwards, a converted tight end, made his first career start at right tackle in place of the injured Jake Maxwell.

— Cornerback Natrell Jamerson missed his sixth straight game as a result of a leg injury. However, the junior did take part in warm-ups and could be close to returning.

— Former Wisconsin defensive lineman Tim Krumrie was honored during the game for his enshrinement into the College Football Hall of Fame. Krumrie led Wisconsin in tackles in all four years he played, and was named All-Big Ten three times.

— Wisconsin used two different quarterbacks for a second straight week. Redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook got the start, but senior Bart Houston played significant reps and was in the game on the Badgers score in overtime. The two combined to 14 of 23 for 114 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

— Junior fullback Austin Ramesh sustained an arm injury in the second half and didn’t return.

Inside the Numbers

6 — That’s the number of freshmen the Badgers had on the field for Bradrick Shaw’s 21-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Along with four redshirt freshmen — Shaw, Hornibrook, Edwards and guard Jon Dietzen — a pair of true freshmen — A.J. Taylor and Quintez Cephus — were in the game as well.

37.2% — That’s Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong’s completion percentage in his three games against Wisconsin after managing to hit on just 12 of 31 throws on Saturday night.

3-2 — That’s Wisconsin Big Ten record, leaving them one game behind Nebraska in the West Division. If the Badgers win out, and the Huskers lose any of their final four games, Wisconsin will play for a Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis for the fourth time in six years.

10 — That’s the number of pass break-ups the Wisconsin defense had, including one that led to an interception.

What’s Next?

Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2) will travel down I-90/39 next Saturday to take on Northwestern (4-4, 3-2). The Badgers haven’t won in Evanston since 1999.

Preview: No. 7 Nebraska at No. 11 Wisconsin

THE BASICS

The teams: The No. 7 Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-0, 4-0) vs the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (5-2 2-2)

The time: 6 p.m. CDT, Saturday

The place: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.

The TV coverage: ESPN with Joe Tessitore and Todd Blackledge in the booth, and Holly Rowe on the sideline.

The last time: Kicker Rafael Gaglianone hit a 46-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give Wisconsin a 23-21 win last year at Nebraska.

The series: Wisconsin 6-4

The line: Wisconsin -9.5

The Badgers injury report:

QUESTIONABLE

CB Natrell Jamerson (leg)

RT Jake Maxwell (shoulder)

OUT

LB Griffin Grady (shoulder)

NT Olive Sagapolu (arm)

THE BREAKDOWN: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1) One more time

The toughest start to a Big Ten season in school history continues on Saturday night for Wisconsin, as they face their fifth top-10 opponent already this year with Nebraska in town. Asking kids to continually get up for big game after big game would seem like a difficult task but this team is a little different.

“Just taking it one game at a time in all honesty,” linebacker T.J. Watt told the Big Ten Network this week on how they are handling the schedule. “I know it sounds cliché, but you have to take it one practice at a time, one play at a time, and then once it’s game day, you just have to let loose.

“Have fun with this. Not everyone gets to play in big games like this week in and week out like we do. So we just have to have fun and showcase our talents each week.”

2) Next man in — again

The seemingly never ending rash of injuries continued last week for Wisconsin, as they lost leading tackler Jack Cichy for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The junior inside linebacker was playing at such a high level that those around the program felt he was the MVP of the defense through the first seven games.

But just as they did when Chris Orr, Natrell Jamerson, Vince Biegel and Olive Sagapolu went down earlier this year,  the Badgers will ask the next guy to step in and not have a drop-off. This time that responsibility falls to sophomore Ryan Connelly and junior Leon Jacobs.

A former walk-on, Connelly stepped in admirably against LSU in the opener, while Jacobs started the first three games at inside linebacker last year before an injury sidelined him.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing for a talented guy like Jack Cichy to go down,” Biegel said. “But it’s not going to take just Leon and Ryan to step in. It’s also going to take our whole defensive front seven to fill in for guys that go down.”

Connelly is expected to get the first crack at the starting gig, but as Wisconsin has done at outside linebacker, rotating the foursome of Biegel, Watt, Garrett Dooley and Zack Baun, don’t be surprised if Jacobs sees plenty of time next to T.J. Edwards.

3) Which Tommy Armstrong shows up

If Nebraska is to pull the upset, quarterback Tommy Armstrong will need to continue playing at the level he has so far this year. The senior’s quarterback rating of 142.3 is the highest of his career, and he’s averaging an interception just once every 37 throws, the lowest rate of his time in Lincoln.

But he’s done all of that against defenses that aren’t on Wisconsin’s level. And if history is any indication, the Badgers will give Armstrong fits. Two of his worst days as the starter at Nebraska came against UW’s 3-4 scheme. He completed just 16 of 47 throws in the 2014 and 2015 games combined — both Nebraska losses.

If the good Armstrong shows up, Nebraska should be in the game until the end, as he’s got plenty of weapons to get the ball to. But if the Tommy Armstrong of old got on the charter flight to Madison, it’s likely to be a long night for him and the Huskers offense.

4) Running game on track?

The Wisconsin running game has come alive in the past two weeks, piling up 403 yards on the ground, including 298 by running back Corey Clement. The senior’s back-to-back 100-yard games were his first since accomplishing that against Massachusetts and Tennessee Tech in his freshman season.

But it took a lot of carries to get it done. The Badgers called Clement’s number a combined 60 times in the games against Ohio State and Iowa, and if it were up to him, they’d keep giving him the ball even if taking all that contact isn’t ideal in the long term.

“I’m all for it, to be honest,” Clement said. “If they want to give me 35 carries, then so be it. (It’s) my senior season, so I’m ready to get as many carries as I can.”

It’s not just Clement, though. The offensive line is also starting to gel despite not having a clear starting lineup. They used eight guys against Iowa and six different combinations. Obviously, they’d like to find their best five guys, but until they do expect to see similar rotations.

5) The crowd

The buzz leading into the showdown with then-No. 2 Ohio State two weeks ago was at an all-time high, certainly helped by the fact ESPN’s College GameDay was in town, and it was the first Big Ten night game in Madison in five years.  And even though the Badgers lost, the atmosphere surrounding the game didn’t disappoint.

But that same juice and electricity, at least in the lead up to the game, hasn’t been as evident this week. Perhaps it’s because the novelty factor of a night game has worn off or the fact Wisconsin is so heavily favored. No matter what the reason, it’s definitely different.

Now all of this isn’t to say it won’t be a great environment on Saturday night. It will be, and the crowd will definitely help Wisconsin. But expecting something like we saw when the Buckeyes came to town is probably not in the cards.

NUMBERS TO CONSIDER

  • Wisconsin’s defense has held their last 10 opponents under their season scoring average
  • The Badgers used eight different offensive linemen last week against Iowa and six different offensive line combinations
  • Wisconsin has outscored Nebraska 107 to 41 in their last two meetings at Camp Randall Stadium
  • In their last 13 trophy games, the Badgers are 12-1, including a perfect 2-0 against Nebraska in the battle for the Freedom Trophy

PREDICTIONS

Zach Heilprin’s prediction: Wisconsin 31, Nebraska 17 (3-4 on the season)
Ebo’s prediction: Wisconsin 27, Nebraska 13 (4-3 on the season)
Jake Zimmermann’s prediction: Wisconsin 24, Nebraska 13 (5-2 on the season)
Joe Miller’s prediction: Wisconsin 24, Nebraska 13 (4-3 on the season)
Eric Rogers’ prediction: Wisconsin 28, Nebraska 20 (5-2 on the season)

 

Preview: No. 10 Wisconsin at Iowa

THE BASICS

The teams: The No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers (4-2, 1-2) vs the Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2, 3-1)

The time: 11 a.m. CDT, Saturday

The place: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Ia.

The TV coverage: ESPN with Steve Levy and Brian Griese in the booth, and Todd McShay on the sideline

The last time: Iowa forced four Wisconsin turnovers on their way to an ugly 10-6 win in Madison last year.

The series: Wisconsin 44-43-2

The line: Wisconsin -4

The Badgers injury report:

QUESTIONABLE

OL Jon Dietzen (leg)
WR Rob Wheelwright (leg)
FB Alec Ingold (arm)

OUT

OLB Zack Baun (leg)
CB Natrell Jamerson (leg)
NT Olive Sagapolu (arm)

THE BREAKDOWN: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1) How do you respond?

Following an agonizing overtime loss to No. 2 Ohio State, there is a legitimate concern outside of the program that Wisconsin will be unable to muster up the energy to go on the road and beat an Iowa squad that is starting to play some pretty good football. But that concern is not prevalent inside the the Badgers locker room.

“Of course it’s a disappointment,” running back Dare Ogunbowale said of the loss to the Buckeyes. “(But) we know we have to respond, so we’re going to.”

It helps that despite the loss to Ohio State, Wisconsin still has plenty to play for, including staying alive for a Big Ten West title and an outside shot at becoming the first two-loss team to make the College Football Playoff.

2) For the bull

Wisconsin and Iowa play for the Heartland Trophy, and as is the custom, the trophy sits on the sideline of the team that won it the year before. That meant last season, when Iowa beat the Badgers 10-6 at Camp Randall Stadium, they came streaming over to the home sideline to reclaim the brass bull for the first time since 2009. That moment is seared into the minds of Wisconsin’s players.

“It literally feels like someone is taking something from you,” wide receiver Jazz Peavy said on Monday. “You come into the locker room, we have the trophy cases and all that, and you see the trophies in there, and to not see one in there…someone took that from us and we definitely want that back.”

Since the trophy was first awarded in 2004, Iowa has a 5-4 advantage.

3) Proving it wasn’t a fluke

For the first time this season, and perhaps more accurately, the first time in Paul Chryst’s tenure, the Badgers were able to have success in the running game against an elite opponent. Wisconsin had 236 yards on the ground and averaged 5.1 yards per carry against the Buckeyes, a team that came in among the top 10 defenses in the country.

164 of those yards came from running back Corey Clement, who finally had his breakout game, becoming just the ninth player since 2000 to run for at least 160 yards against Ohio State.

“I was wondering when the time was going to come,” Clement said of his second 100-yard game this year. “I just tried to do what I could.”

Now Clement and the Badgers will face an Iowa defense that is allowing 151.9 yards per game on the ground. And while they held Purdue to a season-low 47 yards last week, the Hawkeyes have been susceptible in the run game, including giving up a combined 437 yards in its two losses this year.

“(The Ohio State) production needs to carry on into Iowa,” Clement said. “If we want to keep thinking about winning out the West (Division), we have to keep being productive on the ground.”

4) A growing opportunity

Alex Hornibrook says he ran the final play of the loss to Ohio State over and over in his mind in the twenty-four hours after it happened. The redshirt freshman quarterback was beating himself up for not at least giving his guys a chance on fourth down, instead taking a sack that ended the game.

It was another learning experience for the first-year signal caller, who was making just his third career start, and the Badgers are hoping moments like that will pay off down the road, starting this week in Iowa City.

“Definitely not patient with that,” Hornibrook said of his improvement. “I want to be as good as I can every single day and I’m working to be as good as I can be every day. I’m not waiting for anything. I’m going to improve on everything I can from this past week and this season and try to be the best me on Saturday.”

5) Biegel back, but Sagapolu to miss the game

There was a lot of excitement surrounding the return of Vince Biegel after he missed the past two games following foot surgery last month, and deservedly so. As one of Wisconsin’s captains and among their bigger playmakers, the outside linebacker should provide a physical and emotional lift for a defense held their own in his absence.

But the bigger story on the injury front was nose guard Olive Sagapolu being ruled out with an arm injury. At 340 pounds, the sophomore has been vital to Wisconsin’s success against power run teams, and they’ll face another on Saturday against Iowa.

Though rarely talked about, Sagapolu takes on double teams almost every play in an effort to keep blockers off the linebackers, allowing them to flow to the ball. Without him in the lineup, that task will fall to players that don’t have the same physical presence. Sophomore Billy Hirschfeld and freshman Garrett Rand are both under 300 pounds, while another possible replacement, starting defensive end Conor Sheehy, comes in at 295.

How Sagapolu’s replacements fare could very well be a deciding factor in Saturday’s game.

NUMBERS TO CONSIDER

  • In the last four games between the two rivals, the margin of victory has been just 6.5 points
  • Wisconsin ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth nationally with just 3.7 penalties per game
  • After rushing for 164 yards against Ohio State, running back Corey Clement moved into 14th place in the Badgers record book for career rushing yards with 2,200
  • Wisconsin is on pace to have three players with at least 40 catches, which would be the first time since 2005 they’ve accomplished that.

PREDICTIONS

Zach Heilprin’s prediction: Iowa 17, Wisconsin 14 (3-3 on the season)
Ebo’s prediction: Wisconsin 27, Iowa 14 (3-3 on the season)
Jake Zimmermann’s prediction: Wisconsin 31, Iowa 10 (4-2 on the season)
Joe Miller’s prediction: Wisconsin 21, Iowa 13 (3-3 on the season)
Eric Rogers’ prediction: Wisconsin 35, Iowa 21 (4-2 on the season)

LB Vince Biegel set to make his return against Iowa

MADISON | The Wisconsin football team will get one of their best players and leaders back on the field this Saturday against Iowa.

The school announced Thursday that outside linebacker Vince Biegel has been cleared to play after missing the past two games following surgery to fix a cracked bone in his right foot. When Biegel steps on the field against the Hawkeyes, it will have been 23 days since he had a screw placed in his foot.

“Vince is always ready to go,” coach Paul Chryst said Thursday. “I’ve loved what he’s done to get himself to this point. He gets an opportunity to play. I feel bad when he, or any of the guys, that are out miss opportunities to play. We’re looking forward to getting him back.”

Without Biegel, the Badgers defense really didn’t miss much of a beat in losses against Michigan and Ohio State, as junior Garrett Dooley filled in for him. But Biegel is among Wisconsin’s best playmakers on defense and should give them a lift against an Iowa squad that comes in winners of two straight.

The injury news wasn’t all good for the Badgers, though. Sophomore nose guard Olive Sagapolu will miss the game due to an arm injury. At 340 pounds, he would have played a big role in Wisconsin’s 3-4 defense against the Hawkeyes power run game. He’ll be replaced by true freshman Garrett Rand and redshirt sophomore Bill Hirschfeld.

Injury report:

QUESTIONABLE

OL Jon Dietzen (leg)
WR Rob Wheelwright (leg)
FB Alec Ingold (arm)

OUT

OLB Zack Baun (leg)
CB Natrell Jamerson (leg)
NT Olive Sagapolu (arm)

Vince Biegel making progress, several other Wisconsin starters on the injury report

MADISON | Vince Biegel is making progress in returning from foot surgery.

After already being ruled out for the Ohio State game at this time last week, the senior is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game at Iowa.

“As far as chances (he’ll play), we’ll see how the week goes,” coach Paul Chryst said when he met with the media early Monday afternoon.

Biegel has missed the last two games after undergoing surgery to fix a cracked bone in his right foot. The initial timeline from Wisconsin on his return was “several weeks,” and the three-week mark from the procedure will be this Thursday.

The outside linebacker went through a workout on the field prior to the Ohio State game, and looked surprisingly mobile for someone that had surgery so recently. Biegel, one of Wisconsin’s two captains, was a visible figure on the sideline during the game, and Chryst can tell how much it’s hurting him to not be out on the field.

“I do think Vince loves playing the game. He really, in all the right ways, cares about this team,” Chryst said. “Once you go through the procedure, and you’re making progress, to me, it’s less anxious, and it’s more looking forward to when he can go again. He’s been taking good steps forward, and we hope that continues.”

In Biegel’s absence, junior Garrett Dooley has filled in, collecting 11 tackles and one tackle for loss.

The only player that’s listed as out for the Iowa game is cornerback Natrell Jamerson. He suffered a leg injury late in Wisconsin’s win over Akron on Sept. 10 and was expected to miss four-to-six weeks. Saturday will be the fifth game he’s missed.

“No setbacks and not longer than we anticipated,” Chryst said when asked about the delay in Jamerson’s return.

Injury report:

QUESTIONABLE:
OLB Zack Baun (leg)
OLB Vince Biegel (foot)
S Keelon Brookins (leg)
RB Taiwan Deal (leg)
OL Jon Dietzen (leg)
NG Olive Sagapolu (arm)
WR Rob Wheelwright (leg)

OUT
CB Natrell Jamerson (leg)

OUT FOR SEASON
K Rafael Gaglianone (back)
ILB Chris Orr (knee)