Badger Bits: Toon and Gilreath to see action Saturday

Hey, would you look at that- it's Friday!

A lot of injury updates have been surfacing recently, and it looks like Wisconsin will be getting some playmakers back when the Badgers take on Michigan State tomorrow. Wide receivers Nick Toon (turf toe) and David Gilreath (concussion) will both see playing time in the upcoming game, according to Tom Mulhern of Madison.com. Toon has been out since the season opener against UNLV, and Gilreath suffered a concussion after being knocked unconscious against San Jose State.

Mulhern's report comes from head coach Bret Bielema's post-practice report on Thursday, which can be found here or on UWBadgers.com. Bielema also notes that starting safety Aaron Henry will be returning punts in place of Gilreath, and running back James White will return kickoffs. In some more news about the projected starters for Saturday, offensive lineman Bill Wagner will still be starting instead of Josh Oglesby, who is still recovering from a knee injury.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

It wouldn't feel right to have Friday Badger Bits without some pre-game predictions, right? ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg has picked the Wisconsin vs. Michigan State game as his "Game of the Week." His video prediction can be found here.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has done a Michigan State analysis, and they have come up with two key weaknesses for the Badgers to try to exploit on Saturday.

Andy Baggot of Madison.com writes that most of the Big Ten's football coaches aren't fond of a nine game conference schedule.

Hockey season is gearing up, and the Badgers have been picked to finish in the middle of the WCHA standings this year.

Chuck Schwartz of "Sixty Minutes. No Alibis. No Regrets.", an awesome Badgers hockey blog, has his line projections for the upcoming men's season.

And finally, if you're a student at UW-Madison, there are still White Packages available for the Wisconsin Men's basketball season. They're only on sale for a little while longer- so if you're a UW student and already have the red package, just break down like I did and buy the white one too!

That's it for me today, don't forget the Wisconsin vs. Michigan State kicks off at 2:30 PM CST on ABC! Keep checking back to B5Q for game threads, predictions, and post-game coverage!

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