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Badger Bits: Toon close to return

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Happy Wednesday! Here are your Badger Bits for Wednesday, September 22nd!

Wisconsin wide receiver Nick Toon is making steady progress towards returning to action for the Badger football team. Toon has been sidelined with turf toe after reeling in four passes in the season opener against UNLV. While nothing is official yet, it appears as though Toon will be able to see action against Austin Peay if he is feeling good on Saturday. If Toon is unable to play this week, he should be ready to go by the Big Ten opener on October 2nd against Michigan State, according to a series of tweets from his twitter feed:

Ill b good for the 10 RT @mjbarash @Young_Toonchi better get healthy for big 10 season!

We will see. I hope so... RT @chaseprochnow @Young_Toonchi does that mean you are playing this week? Can't wait to see you back out there?

Toon's return would be a major boost to the Badgers, who have been battling the injury bug all season, including losing fellow wide receiver David Gilreath indefinitely to a concussion and sophomore linebacker Chris Borland for the season to a recurring shoulder injury.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

This Saturday's matchup between Wisconsin and FCS foe Austin Peay will be the biggest challenge in the Governor football program's history, writes Andy Baggot of has an introductory article up about Wisconsin senior safety Jay Valai, who helped to save last Staruday's game for the Badgers, in case you had forgotten.

Bret Bielema has been impressed with tight end Lance Kendricks' play this year, according to the Badger Herald.

Sportsnation's recent visit to Madison went over very well, according to Co-host Michelle Beadle was very fond of Madison, and had never visited campus before. From personal experience, let me just say that it was an awesome experience! Here's a twitpic from Michelle after their second stop to Iowa City was rained out yesterday:

That's it for me today- only 3 more days until more Badger football!