Notebook: Phillips Suffers Setback

According to Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, Curt Phillips suffered another setback in his return from injury during Tuesday's practice. Bielema said the team would make an official announcement during the weekend on Phillips' status.

MADISON — Spending the past three months struggling to get back to full speed after suffering an ACL tear last season, UW quarterback Curt Phillips experienced another setback Tuesday in practice.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema declined to comment on the details, saying the team would make an official announcement either Saturday or Sunday, but he did say Phillips went down while playing on the scout offense Tuesday.

Reading between the lines, Phillips is done at least for the season.

Getting the ball back to Gilreath

The Big Ten's all-time leader in kick return yards, Wisconsin wide receiver David Gilreath wasn't given many chances to extend his record against Purdue last Saturday.

On kickoffs, the Boilermakers targeted whatever side Gilreath wasn't lining up on, holding the senior wide out to just one return for 13 yards.

An effective strategy to limit the Badgers return game, Bielema said he expected Indiana to copy it but UW had tweaked a few details to hopefully open Gilreath up again.

"We have kind of made some adjustments with our schemes as well. David has done a nice job along with the whole return unit. It was probably going to be a matter of time I was a little surprised it took game nine. But we have to make an adjustment," Bielema said.

Injury Updates

The Badgers will once again have the desirable problem of "Montee Ball or James White?" for Saturday according to Bielema.

"James, going into the Purdue game, practiced all week. Had a limited number of reps, but was involved in everything. Didn't feel great maybe in pass pro, but it's been amazing because he's actually come back… that time away he rested and was very, very much full speed," Bielema said.

Bielema did not say for certain whether Kendricks would be full-go or not, but seemed optimistic he would be ready for Saturday.

"Lance has looked good all week, he is 100 percent involved in the game run and pass," Bielema said.

On defense, Bielema said all players would be available.

Extra Points

Bielema confirmed that offensive tackle Josh Oglesby had surgery to repair a damaged ACL, but did not have a status update on how he was recovering. It was the second ACL tear Oglesby has suffered. … When watching film of last season's win over Indiana, the Badgers defense had some embarrassing moments to correct this week. "It was frustrating, we gave up some plays defensively that were a little tough to take," Bielema said. "But bottom line we won and I always try to move forward."

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