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Isaiahh Loudermilk out, D’Cota Dixon questionable for Illinois

A few other defensive backs join Dixon on the injury list as well.

NCAA Football: New Mexico at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers released their preliminary injury report on Monday morning leading up to the homecoming match-up against the Illinois Fighting Illini this weekend.

Defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk (left leg) will miss his second consecutive game because of a left leg injury, while some key members of the secondary are designated as questionable. Among those defensive backs are starters D’Cota Dixon (right leg), Scott Nelson (right leg), and cornerback Faion Hicks, as well as true freshmen Reggie Pearson (left leg) and Travian Blaylock (right leg).

Nelson, Pearson, and Hicks all were injured in Wisconsin’s 38–13 loss to Michigan on Saturday, while Dixon was a late scratch that was announced just prior to the game. Pearson in particular played extremely well in his first career game and started with injuries abounding in the defensive backfield, tallying five tackles, one for loss, and a forced fumble.

In good news, outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel and cornerbacks Caesar Williams and Deron Harrell are all off the injury report.


  • CB Travian Blaylock (right leg)
  • S D’Cota Dixon (right leg)
  • ILB Griffin Grady (right leg)
  • CB Faion Hicks (left leg)
  • S Scott Nelson (right here)
  • S Reggie Pearson (left leg)
  • RB Bradrick Shaw (left leg)

Out for Illinois

  • DE Isaiahh Loudermilk (left leg)

Out for Season

  • TE Zander Neuville (left leg)
  • OLB Mason Platter (right leg)
  • DE Garrett Rand (right leg)
  • DE Blake Smithback (right leg)