Bret Bielema confirmed Monday what he hinted at following
Wisconsin’s 38-17 loss to Ohio State Saturday: His team suffered two more
The UW head football coach and his staff will need to devise
game plans for the remainder of the season without the services of two regular
starters: cornerback Allen Langford and defensive tackle Jason Chapman.
Both players will undergo season-ending knee surgery as soon
as swelling in the injured areas decrease enough to have the necessary
Those injuries, along with a leg injury of unknown severity
to offensive tackle Eric Vanden Heuvel, built on what has become an overriding
theme of attrition for this Wisconsin football team. Seemingly every game, key
or emerging playmakers have gone down with injuries.
“I think we’ve lost five offensive starters for one, if not
multiple games, and defensively the same thing,” Bielema said at his weekly
press conference. “It’s not an excuse, but you realize how much of an effect
those things cumulatively have, just being able to practice and go about and
have accountability and dependability.”
One of the offensive players missing from last week’s tilt
with Ohio State was running back P.J. Hill.
Hill was sidelined for that contest with a bruised leg, and
according to Bielema, may not be ready to go come Saturday’s game against
“Really it’s on P.J.,” Bielema said. “Whenever P.J. feels he
can come back”