The Wisconsin Badgers (8-2 overall, 5-2 B1G) injury report has, thankfully, been pretty light for most of the year. That did not change prior to this weekend’s matchup with the Purdue Boilermakers. It is basically the same as last week’s injury report and that is a good thing!
Safeties Reggie Pearson and Eric Burrell left the Nebraska game at some point with injuries, but neither knock was apparently too serious as both players were not listed on Paul Chryst’s initial report for this week.
#Badgers safety Reggie Pearson called his injury a stinger. Said he's dealt with them since high school. He did eventually return to the game.— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) November 17, 2019
#Badgers injury update: S Eric Burrell (left arm) is questionable to return— Brian Mason (@Brian_Mason) November 16, 2019
The Week 13 injury report is identical to the Week 12 injury report, for those of you keeping score at home. We already know that nose tackle Bryson Williams will not play against Purdue and we will find out on Thursday if cornerback Semar Melvin will be cleared to put on the pads.
Nose guard Bryson Williams is listed as out for the game this week against Purdue. Cornerback Semar Melvin is questionable. pic.twitter.com/zTLNjslfWg— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) November 18, 2019
The depth chart this week actually lists freshman Keeanu Benton as the starting nose tackle with senior Gunnar Roberge backing him up. Garrett Rand and Matt Henningsen are still listed with an “OR” designation at one of the starting defensive end spots. With the way Henningsen has played this season, keeping him off the field is extremely difficult.
We will update this post on Thursday when head coach Paul Chryst speaks to the media again.
UPDATE, Thursday, 11:30 a.m. CT:
As we mentioned this morning following a promising Wednesday night tweet from Semar Melvin, he is no longer on the injury report. He is replaced on the sheet, however, with starting left tackle Cole Van Lanen. That is a big loss for the Badgers and will require sophomore Tyler Beach to step into the starting lineup.