Wisconsin senior linebacker Vince Biegel will be out for two-to-four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his cracked foot. ESPN’s Jesse Temple reports that the surgery involved inserting a screw into the linebacker’s foot.
During his time with Wisconsin, Biegel has started 32 games for the Badgers. He was a defensive force in the team’s win against Michigan State with 10 quarterback hurries, according to Pro Football Focus. On the season, he has nine total tackles and one sack in four games.
Temple received the report from Biegel’s father Rocky. “He’s been playing on it for the last couple weeks, and it was bothering him a little bit,” Rocky Biegel said. “He had X-rays last night and confirmed it was cracked. He either plays on it, and then if he breaks it, then he’s going to be out for eight weeks.” Bilge chose to undergo surgery now than risk missing a potential conference championship or bowl game later in the season.
The injury comes as a major blow for the team as they prepare for a key conference game against No. 4 Michigan in which the Badgers were looking to continue their run of success against top-10 teams following a Week One win against LSU and a Week Four win against the Spartans.
With a freshman quarterback and star running back Corey Clement struggling to find a rhythm in the early going, the Badgers have relied on their defense to get off to a 4-0 record and a No. 8 ranking entering their matchup against the Wolverines.