Bret Bielema confirmed Monday what he hinted at following Wisconsin’s 38-17 loss to Ohio State Saturday: His team suffered two more season-ending injuries.
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 procedures.
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 Michigan.
“Really it’s on P.J.,” Bielema said. “Whenever P.J. feels he can come back”