Badgers' Chris Borland to sit out Saturday

September, 20, 2010
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Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Chris Borland will miss this week's pre-Big Ten tuneup against Austin Peay, although no decision has been made on whether he'll redshirt the season.

Borland reaggravated an injury to his surgically repaired left shoulder early in Saturday's win against Arizona State. He played in the season opener against UNLV before sitting out against San Jose State .

Coach Bret Bielema told reporters that Borland would have more tests today. Bielema and Borland will meet later this afternoon or tonight.
"We're only going to put him out there if it is in his best interests and [his] health and safety," Bielema said.

Borland can appear in two of Wisconsin's next three games and still have the option of redshirting.

The situation doesn't look good for Borland or the Badgers, who definitely will miss his playmaking presence on both defense and special teams. Wisconsin really needs Blake Sorensen, Mike Taylor and others to step up if Borland, the 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, misses an extended period or the rest of the season.

Top wide receiver Nick Toon is back on this week's depth chart, but he hasn't been cleared for the Austin Peay game after missing the past two contests with turf toe. Receiver David Gilreath also could return Saturday.
"If we had to play a game tomorrow they wouldn't be involved," Bielema said. "But they both got increasingly better as the week wore on last week."

Tight end Lance Kendricks did a phenomenal job as Wisconsin's top pass-catching threat against Arizona State, but the Badgers need to get Toon and hopefully Gilreath healthy for their Big Ten opener Oct. 2 at No. 25 Michigan State (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET).

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