It appears the status of one Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman appears to be improving.
Redshirt sophomore Jon Dietzen is still listed as questionable (right leg) on Wisconsin’s final injury report released on Thursday morning to reporters. However, comments by head coach Paul Chryst indicate a sign of return could be possible for the injured lineman during the Badgers’ (3–0) Saturday Big Ten opener against Northwestern (2–1).
“I think we’ve got a chance for it,” Chryst said on Thursday inside the McClain Center. “He’s practiced and all that, so we do feel like—BYU, he didn’t end up traveling—he’s going to dress up and hopefully we got him.”
Here's the final injury report of the week. Dietzen and Rosowski still questionable. pic.twitter.com/sYgCPNX5UL— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) September 28, 2017
Kicker P.J. Rosowski is still listed as questionable (right leg), while true freshman cornerback Madison Cone (right leg) is now off the injury list.
The same cannot be said for running back Taiwan Deal (right leg), wide receiver George Rushing (left leg), and defensive end Chikwe Obasih (left leg). All are out for Saturday’s game against Northwestern.
Chryst was asked about Deal’s and Rushing’s statuses and his philosophy on where they are now that they’ll miss the first third of the regular season.
“We’re one quarter of the way through our season, there’s a lot of football, haven’t started Big Ten play yet,” Chryst said. “So I think right now the message has been to both of them, get yourself healthy—and both are making progress, that’s been good—and there’s a lot of season left.”