Wisconsin Football: Injury Report vs. Michigan Wolverines

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Isaiahh Loudermilk (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Isaiahh Loudermilk (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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MADISON, WI – AUGUST 31: Xavier Lane #9 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers attempts to make a catch while being guarded by Caesar Williams #21 of the Wisconsin Badgers in the third quarter at Camp Randall Stadium on August 31, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Wisconsin football injury report this week features several defensive players.  Based on the report, the Badgers may have to go into Ann Arbor without some of their top defenders.

This week’s injury report is quite similar to the injury report for the Nebraska game, but with a couple of key guys being added to the list this week.  Defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk will be inactive this week after he suffered an injury in his left knee, the same knee he had off-season surgery on.  Also making a new appearance is cornerback Deron Harrell who appears to be dealing with a mild head injury.

Based on this week’s report one thing is for certain.  The Wisconsin secondary is going to be banged up and will not be close to playing at 100 percent. The number of secondary players on the report could have been worse after seeing safety D’Cota Dixon limp off the field late in the game last week.  It is expected that he will play against Michigan despite being seen walking around in a protective boot.

The injury to Loudermilk is a critical blow to the Wisconsin defense.  The defensive line has the least amount of depth on the team and Loudermilk is one of the few significant contributors.  He can impact the game by stopping the run and by being an effective pass rusher.  Jim Leonhard will have to rely on redshirt freshmen Kayden Lyles and Matt Henningsen, as well as junior David Pfaff who did play some snaps against Nebraska.

Andrew Van Ginkel appears to still be dealing with that same, nagging ankle injury.  He played a little against Nebraska, but you can tell he is still not 100%.  Hopefully, this is the week the ankle starts to feel better and Van Ginkel can return to the dominance he showed at the end of last year.

Badger fans should be checking Twitter for updates on who will not suit up this Saturday night as the three questionable players are expected to be game-time decisions.

Let’s take a look at the injury report for when the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Michigan Wolverines this Saturday night.