Chris Orr’s 2016 season lasted for just one play, and as a result the inside linebacker’s collegiate time clock could well be extended.
The Wisconsin linebacker will miss the remainder of the Badgers’ season after being diagnosed with a torn right ACL. The sophomore looks likely to be eligible for a medical hardship and see his career extended to 2019 in light of the sidetracking moment on his football timeline.
Orr suffered the injury during the first play of Wisconsin’s upset against LSU at the Lambeau Field College Classic. He was beginning his true-sophomore campaign after seeing extensive time with the Badgers as a freshman in 2015. The three-star recruit played in 10 games for Wisconsin last season, starting six, and made 46 tackles.
Former walk-on Ryan Connelly could be set to replace Orr in the lineup after doing so Saturday. Connelly made seven tackles, and the sophomore now resides alongside junior Jack Cichy on the Badgers’ depth chart. The son of former two-time Super Bowl-winning tight end Terry Orr, who enjoyed roles on the 1987 and 1991 Redskins, Chris Orr was expected to be a key member of the Badgers’ defense. Instead, he’ll undergo surgery and enter a lengthy rehab process with hopes of returning to his spot in 2017.
Considering an ex-walk-on joined the lineup, it’s safe to say inside linebacker wasn’t among the Badgers’ deepest positions this season, so that depth could well be tested.
Hailing from football hotbed DeSoto, Texas, Orr rebuffed offers from Missouri, Arkansas and Nevada to join the highest-profile school recruiting him. His brother, Zach Orr, plays for the Ravens after attending North Texas, which recruited Chris as well.