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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Wisconsin practice notes: Carimi hurts knee

By staff

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

MADISON, Wis. -- Just got back from watching Wisconsin's practice inside Camp Randall Stadium.

The big news today wasn't good for the Badgers, as starting left tackle Gabe Carimi suffered a right knee injury toward the end of the workout during the two-minute drill. Carimi had to be helped off the field and had his knee heavily wrapped as he was carted to the training room.

Fortunately, the injury doesn't appear to be as serious as originally thought, head coach Bret Bielema said after practice. Bielema expects to have more information Wednesday.

Carimi missed three games last season with a knee injury.

"Gabe's a fast healer," center John Moffitt said. "You look at last year, he had an MCL situation and he was back pretty quick."

Wisconsin can ill afford to lose Carimi, especially with not much depth at tackle. The Badgers are already down two starting linemen, Moffitt and guard Bill Nagy, both of whom are expected back fairly soon.

If Carimi misses any extended period of time, Wisconsin could turn to redshirt freshman Ricky Wagner or move junior left guard Jake Bscherer or right tackle Josh Oglesby to the left side.

Other notes from the workout: