MADISON, Wis. -- This is definitely not news the Badgers wanted to hear the night before arguably the biggest game in Camp Randall history.
A source told Tom Mulhern of Madison.com defensive end David Gilbert is out six to eight weeks with a broken foot. The news comes as a surprise, as Bret Bielema did not mention Gilbert at all on Thursday, in his last session with the media before Saturday's game.
Injuries seem to be accumulating for Wisconsin, but they've been able to weather the storm thus far. The Badgers already lost starting cornerback Devin Smith for the year, and strong safety Shelton Johnson will probably miss Saturday's game against Nebraska.
It looks like junior defensive end Brendan Kelly will step up in Gilbert's place opposite Louis Nzegwu. More importantly, the Badgers will need to replace Gilbert's production. Gilbert was also leading the Badgers with three sacks this year. Through four games this year it looked like Gilbert, and not Nzegwu, was poised for a breakout season.
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