Speaking with reporters following Wednesday's practice, Pryor said the left quadriceps muscle he strained two weeks ago at Illinois had gotten a lot better. The dual-threat quarterback did not attempt to run the ball last weekend against Indiana, instead throwing for a career-high 334 yards in the win against the Hoosiers.
Afterward, Pryor said the injury had bothered him all week and did not start feeling better until the morning of the game. Now three days from a crucial road contest against the No. 18 Badgers, he remained vague on how the injury was feeling.
"Whatever plays we call, that's what I'm going to do," he said.
Asked how the quad feels compared to a week ago, Pryor said simply, "It's good." Asked if he has run at top speed since suffering the injury, he said he did not last week because it was still tender. He added that the coaches had a good passing plan for the contest against the Hoosiers so he would not have to push the muscle.
Offensive coordinator Jim Bollman said he was not concerned about the injury, saying Pryor could do everything they might ask him this weekend.
"We're not going in worried that he's not going to be able to do this or that," he said.
But when directly asked, Pryor said not being 100 percent healthy will not prevent him from helping lead the Buckeyes.
"Any time you get injured, you're never 100 percent," he said. "I'd be lying if I told you that. It's enough to carry as much as I have to carry the ball and do what I have to do to try to help the team win."
The Buckeyes ascended to the No. 1 ranking in the nation following Alabama's loss. Bollman said he felt Pryor had a solid game against the Hoosiers.
"He did a good job," he said. "He stood in there a couple times. You see more steady improvement, some consistency. Whenever you can throw the ball like that it's certainly very helpful."
The question is if Pryor will be able to run the ball like he has in the past. Given what is at stake for the Buckeyes, the junior said he will do everything he can Saturday night.
"I think in these ballgames that you don't even think about (the injury)," he said. "It is what it is. You throw your body around and do whatever you have to do. At the end of the day I don't want to lose.
"For sure, I'm not going to let us lose. I'm going to push myself and do whatever I possibly have to do until we're up. It's going to be a hard-fought game. I hope (Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien) thinks the same way as I am. I know some of the offense revolves around me and anytime I touch the ball … I'm trying to make a play or make a first down and lead the guys as much as I can because at the end of the day they're going to be looking at me looking for a play."