According to Jason Galloway of the Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin inside linebacker T.J. Edwards has been ruled out for the team’s season opener this Saturday. Edwards fractured his foot during the offseason and still hasn’t been able to return to the field. He has missed all of fall camp and was omitted from the Badgers’ initial depth chart for 2016, which was released last Friday.
Edwards, a redshirt sophomore, was Wisconsin’s leading tackler last season. He racked up 84 total tackles to go along with three passes defended for the Badgers. Per 247sports.com, Edwards was a two-star recruit out of Lake Villa, Illinois, back in 2013. Edwards had hoped to be able to suit up against LSU in Green Bay as recently as early last week, but ultimately wasn’t quite ready. Instead, Wisconsin will start redshirt junior Jack Clichy and sophomore Chris Orr at the inside linebacker spots.
The Badgers are coming off a solid 10-3 (6-2 conference) campaign that saw them finish in third place in the Big 10 West. They made their name defensively last season, finishing No. 1 in the nation in points allowed, and Edwards certainly played a major role. Dave Aranda, who had been UW’s defensive coordinator for three years, left to join LSU last spring. Wisconsin finished last season ranked 21st in the nation following a win over USC in the Holiday Bowl, but didn’t appear in the 2016 AP preseason top 25.
The Badgers and Tigers will square off in the first ever college game at Lambeau Field on Saturday at 12:30pm ET on ABC.