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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Injury updates for B1G title game

By Brian Bennett

Two of Wisconsin's most important players could return from injuries in time for Saturday's Big Ten championship game. On the flip side, Nebraska will have to deal with losing a key member of both lines.

In Sunday's coaches' teleconference with the media, Badgers coach Bret Bielema sounded hopeful that wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and linebacker Chris Borland should be ready to go for the Nebraska game. Abbrederis, who is by far the team's best receiver, suffered a head injury late in the loss to Penn State. Abbrederis also had a concussion earlier this year that caused him to miss a game.

"He felt good coming off the plane, coming off the bus," Bielema said. "If it is in Abby's hands, he will be ready to practice by Tuesday."

Borland has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. But Bielema said Borland told him after the Penn State game that he'd definitely be able to play this week. Bielema said it would be "very unlikely" for Borland to miss the game.

Nebraska knows for certain that it will be without starting center Justin Jackson (ankle) and defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler (knee). Both were injured during last week's Iowa game.

"It's sad for those two guys that they aren't able to play in a game such as this," head coach Bo Pelini said. "I feel bad because they're seniors."

Mark Pelini -- Bo's nephew - filled in for Jackson at center for the rest of the Iowa game. He and starting left guard Cole Pensick are in the mix to start at center this week. Bo Pelini said he doesn't know at this point who will be his starting center.

Chase Rome saw his playing time increase after Steinkuhler's injury. Pelini mentioned Thad Randle and Kevin Williams as guys who might need to step up this week. Steinkuhler had been playing very well this season but is likely done for the year. Nebraska could really feel his absence against Wisconsin's running game this Saturday.