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Updated: Wisconsin prevails without Montee Ball

Montee Ball, A.J. Ropati AP

Wisconsin got off to another slow start against UTEP this afternoon. Then, they had to finish without running back Montee Ball. Ball left the game with a head injury and did not return. Wisconsin won 37-26.

The injury appeared to occur on a touchdown run by the senior running back. Ball was slow to get up and seemed a bit disoriented.

Ball took some big hits even before the touchdown. The Miners forced a fumble early in the first quarter, Ball’s first of his collegiate career. After the fumble, Ball stayed on the sideline for a while before eventually returning. Ball suffered a concussion before the season when he was attacked unknowingly by five assailants.

He finished the day with 40 yards on nine carries. Melvin Gordon had 115 yards in Ball’s absence. Receiver Jared Abbrederis also had 147 yards receiving and a touchdown.

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6 Responses to “Updated: Wisconsin prevails without Montee Ball”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 22, 2012 1:23 PM

    Wisconsin should be able to continue successfully against UTEP without Ball, but what a loss. If he is out for the next few games it will be very difficult for the Badgers. I sure am sorry to hear that Montee may have another head injury after suffering a concussion from the physical attack by thugs earlier this year.

    Statistically, once one suffers a concussion, it is much easier to receive a second, a third, and so forth. If it is a concussion, that is not a good sign and not good for Montee’s health, and future career.

  2. dalucks says: Sep 22, 2012 3:04 PM

    A “head injury” is a code word for concussion. If player safety is truly important then why not just say a player has a concussion and he will not play next week.
    I guess the NFL will have to lose a lot of money with the concussion lawsuits before we ever see a change in culture of football. When will people stop hiding concussions and when will the media stop supporting the cover up? It is time for a change and a change is gonna come.

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 22, 2012 3:37 PM

    You are so right about the media and the administration (coaches) covering up the often occurring serious injury of concussion.

    The lawsuits may reveal that the NFL and as a follower, the NCAA, has known there is technology invented over the past 40 years which will provide much better shock and impact protection in football helmets and help prevent at least many concussions.

    The NFL and NCAA has not pressured the helmet manufacturers to install this new technology in their helmets. The result? The helmets being used today by NFL and NCAA football players are using 40 year old technology and could have for many years now utilized much more advanced technology which would have prevented many concussions.

  4. brewcrewfan54 says: Sep 22, 2012 3:44 PM

    Losing Ball sucks but the Badgers have some pretty good RB’s behind him in James White and a guy named Melvin Gordon who will be known to CFB fans either this year or next.

  5. Ben Kercheval says: Sep 22, 2012 4:01 PM

    “When will people stop hiding concussions and when will the media stop supporting the cover up?”


  6. onbucky96 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:32 AM

    Ugh. This team is Fugly. We’re toast in Nebraska, no chance.

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