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Wisconsin football: Arthur Goldberg to return, Chris Orr still out for Northwestern game

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The Wisconsin defense will get a little bit healthier on Saturday.

The No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2, 5-1) will return one starter to the defensive game plan, while another one will continue to sit out when they face the No. 20 Northwestern Wildcats (8-2, 4-2) on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

Redshirt junior defensive end Arthur Goldberg should be back in a significant capacity after being sidelined with a knee injury.

"He's fully in the plans," Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said about Goldberg -- who received very limited playing time two weeks ago against Maryland -- on Wednesday.

"He's looked good in practice, and having that bye obviously was a big help to him and a bunch of other guys. I'm excited to get him -- I thought Goldberg was hitting his stride in terms of playing well prior to being injured -- so it's good to get him back on track."

Defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield confirmed Goldberg's health, telling the Wisconsin State Journal's Jason Galloway that the 6'3, 296-pound lineman is 100 percent.

The same can't be said about true freshman inside linebacker Chris Orr. Aranda said the freshman, who despite playing in a back-up fashion the first two games of the season and missing the last two games is tied for fourth in the team in tackles with 44, will not play against the Wildcats.

Expect redshirt sophomore and former walk-on Jack Cichy -- who's either tied for the lead or led the Badgers in tackles in Orr's absence -- to man the inside linebacker position opposite redshirt freshman T.J. Edwards. But that may not be in the long term plans whenever Orr, the Desoto, Tex., standout, returns from his leg injury.

"I think Cichy brings so much to us on the outside," Aranda said. "He's one of those guys that you can plug him in anywhere, just like what you've seen."