Hours after it was announced that kicker Rafael Gaglianone would miss the rest of the season due to back surgery it was announced that senior captain Vince Biegel needed surgery as well.
Jesse Temple (@jesseetemple) was the first to break the news. According to the report, Biegel had surgery late Thursday night to insert a screw into cracked foot. That is really tough news for a team looking for another high profile win this Saturday against No. 4 Michigan in Ann Arbor.
If you choose to look on the bright side– and there is a bright side — it is that this Wisconsin defense is loaded with talent at the linebacker position. Zach Baun looks to be the guy to fill in during Biegel’s absence. Baun has seen action in all four games so far this season for the Badgers either on defense or special teams. He has tallied 5 tackles, 2.5 TFL and has 1 forced fumble against Georgia State.
Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox could also move Jack Cichy back to the outside–Cichy’s natural position– and have Ryan Connelly start at inside linebacker alongside T.J Edwards. Connelly was the one to fill in when Edwards was not able to play against LSU and Chris Orr tore his ACL on the first defensive play of the game.
The loss of Biegel will put that much more pressure on players like T.J Watt to build on the big game last week against Michigan State and continue to create pressure on the quarterback.
Based on the timetable of 2-4 weeks it looks like Biegel will not only miss this weeks showdown with Michigan, but could also miss the game vs Ohio State on October 15th.
Hopefully this is the last bad news that Badger fans will have to endure this week.