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Several Badgers questionable for Wisconsin vs. BYU

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Key contributors could miss time this week.

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Quite a few contributors might not be active for Wisconsin’s road trip to BYU later this week.

No. 9 Wisconsin released its preliminary injury report on Monday, showing five players listed as questionable. They include starting guards Beau Benzschawel and Jon Dietzen (both listed with right leg ailments), running back Bradrick Shaw (also right leg), kicker P.J. Rosowski (yup, you guessed it, right leg), and safety Patrick Johnson (left arm).

The injuries to Dietzen and Benzschawel are of the most interest and possibly the most concerning. Benzschawel was injured during Saturday’s win over Florida Atlantic. Redshirt junior Micah Kapoi took over for Benzschawel at right guard against the Owls.

“It’ll be probably this way, certainly for different position groups at different times, but we’ll see how Beau and Jon progress this week,” Certainly, we got to keep working with or developing whether it’s Erds’ or whoever it may be that has to go, make sure that they’re ready and confident in what we’re doing in themselves to help our team.”

Dietzen was dinged up a bit during fall camp and was also out during spring practices. He did play in Wisconsin’s first two games this season. He and BenzschawelBenzschawel are still listed on the Badgers’ depth chart released as starting guards, though Kapoi has experience at both positions. Redshirt sophomores Jason Erdmann and David Moorman are listed as second-team right guards.

Redshirt sophomore Zach Hintze replaced Rosowski on Saturday and performed well, registering four of his six kickoffs as touchbacks. A walk-on from Fond du Lac, Wis. (St. Mary’s Springs), Hintze said Rosowski injured himself during Thursday’s practice.

Listed as out for this week’s match-up against BYU are running back Taiwan Deal (right leg), defensive end Chikwe Obasih (left leg), wide receiver George Rushing (left leg), and fullback Jake Whalen (head).

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Kendric Pryor, who sustained facial injuries in a moped accident during fall camp, is off the injury report.

“I thought ‘KP ‘was having a real good camp. Last week, he was really able to start going non-contact, but for the receiving position, was able to get a lot of routes in,” Chryst said. “The conditioning was as much as any part of it that he had to get back, so I’m anxious how much more he can do this week than last, and it’ll be good to get him going.

“I really thought he was playing with confidence. I thought he was in a position to help us not just on offense, I thought certain areas in special teams so it’ll be with him fully cleared now, don’t know how fast it’ll come, but looking forward to it. I know he’s anxious as well to get going.”

Wisconsin’s full Week 3 injury list:

Questionable

  • OL Beau Benzschawel (right leg)
  • OL Jon Dietzen (right leg)
  • S Patrick Johnson (left arm)
  • K P.J. Rosowski (right leg)
  • RB Bradrick Shaw (right leg)

Out

  • RB Taiwan Deal (right leg)
  • DE Chikwe Obasih (left leg)
  • WR George Rushing (left leg)
  • FB Jake Whalen (head)

Out for season

  • OLB Zack Baun (left foot)
  • RB Sam Brodner (left knee)
  • ILB Jack Cichy (right knee)
  • ILB Mason Stokke (right leg)