Early Saturday afternoon, we wrote that “[w]hile it’s not exactly huge news at the moment, it’s something that definitely bears keeping an eye on.” A couple of days later, consider both eyes extremely wide open.
On its initial injury report, Jonathan Taylor is listed as questionable for No. 4 Wisconsin’s game Saturday against Indiana. The freshman running back suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Week 9 win over Illinois.
Despite the injury that cost him more than half the game, Taylor exited the weekend fourth nationally and first in the Big Ten with 1,185 yards rushing.
In addition to Taylor, wide receiver Quintez Cephus, who leads the Badgers with 28 receptions for 477 yards and five receiving touchdowns, is questionable because of a head injury.
“I think every team is going through that right now,” UW head coach Paul Chryst said according to the Wisconsin State Journal. “We’ve got a group that, a lot of the guys that are on the famous (injury) list that you get, you just see how the week goes. A lot of them are doing stuff (Monday), everyone, but (Monday) is a different type of practice than (Tuesday). Guys have to step up when opportunities come their way, and other players and other starters have to carry a little bit of a different load.”