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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Wisconsin's Hill expects to play

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

 
 Jeff Hanisch/US Presswire
 P.J. Hill's return should provide a much-needed boost for the Badgers.

Wisconsin starting running back P.J. Hill missed practice Tuesday but told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he expects to play this weekend against Illinois (ESPN2, noon ET). Hill sustained an injury against Iowa to his lower left leg, the same area that kept him out of action for several games last season.

The 236-pound Hill, a three-year starter, underwent surgery to repair a broken left tibia in 2005. 

"I'm looking forward to playing this week," he said Tuesday. It's got to be on me to get myself in the weight room and get the treatment I need to get myself healthy enough to be able to run. I was out there jogging today. ...

"Last year there was a lot of swelling and I could hardly walk. This time I only have a little bit of swelling. But I've still got to get my motion back so I'm able to push off so I can run and cut."

Starting left tackle Gabe Carimi (knee) also missed practice Tuesday but could play this weekend. Right guard Kraig Urbik (knee) likely will miss another game.