Tight end Troy Fumagalli (left leg) and kicker P.J. Rosowski (right leg) are now joined by defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk (right leg) with that designation just two days before No. 9 Wisconsin (4–0) looks to remain undefeated against Nebraska (3–2).
There does appear to be optimism surrounding Fumagalli’s return. The preseason All-American did not play against Northwestern in Wisconsin’s 33–24 win last Saturday.
“Troy’s been able to work everyday each week and each day do a little bit more,” head coach Paul Chryst told reporters on Thursday, “so feel good, barring any set back from today’s work or something.”
The more concerning injury update involves Loudermilk, the 6’7, 306-pound redshirt freshman who has contributed heavily on Wisconsin’s defensive line. However, Chryst acknowledged that Loudermilk practiced on Thursday, saying it was “good news.”
Through four games, Loudermilk has registered 1.5 sacks and rotated in with starters Conor Sheehy and Alec James. His presence and abilities have helped Wisconsin’s normally deep defensive line continue to be productive despite redshirt senior Chikwe Obasih (left leg) unable to play since the Florida Atlantic game.
If for some reason Loudermilk cannot play, that would cut the depth of the contributors at that position and force the likes of Sheehy, James, nose guard Olive Sagapolu, or possibly others to fill the void.
“If something happens during the game,” Chryst said, “the rest of the group does have to absorb some of that workload.”
Out for Saturday night’s game (7 p.m. BTN) are Obasih, running back Taiwan Deal (right leg), and wide receiver George Rushing (left leg). Deal was downgraded from questionable earlier this week and has not played yet this season.