When last we left T.J. Edwards, there was no timetable for the Wisconsin linebacker’s return. With the opener just a handful of days away, there’s been some clarification to Edwards’ status.
Late last week, Edwards was left off the two-deep depth chart released by the Badgers, a clear sign that the redshirt junior would be unavailable for Saturday’s game against LSU at Lambeau Field. Monday, head coach Paul Chryst officially ruled Edwards out of the Big Ten-SEC matchup.
Edwards suffered a broken foot over the summer and did not participate at all during camp. It remains unclear whether Edwards will be healthy enough for UW’s Week 2 matchup with Akron in the home opener. If the school continues to err on the side of caution, they could hold Edwards out of that game and the following week’s contest against Georgia State targeting a return for the Big Ten opener against Michigan State Sept. 24 in East Lansing.
As a redshirt sophomore last season, Edwards started all 13 games. He led the Badgers in tackles with 84 in 2015, while his 6.5 tackles for loss were fourth.
On the Edwards-less depth chart, redshirt junior Jack Cichy (four career starts) and true sophomore Chris Orr (six career starts) are listed as the two starting inside linebackers.