Borland took advantage of a bye week to rest his strained right hamstring, which was injured two weeks ago against Illinois.
"He would not have played last Saturday," Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. "It came at a great time for Chris because I know how much it means to him and how much it means for us to have him on the field. And, for our football team, we took advantage of it, tried to get our legs back underneath us as much as possible."
Borland, who missed two games last season with the same strained hamstring, said rest is the only cure.
"I'm really not a big percentage guy, either you can go or you can't," Borland said Monday. "Today, I couldn't. But by Wednesday or Thursday, I will be able to. It's the type of thing where you have to give it time. There's really no toughing out a hamstring. The bye week came at a good time and that is enough rest."
The Badgers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten), who have won two straight after a 31-24 loss at Ohio State, enter a five-game stretch without a break, including three at home.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.