Wisconsin Prepares for Northern Illinois

Moving up to No.7 in the AP poll, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema addressed the media Monday about the team's injuries, the progressions of Marcus Cromartie and David Gilbert and the match-up with Northern Illinois and former defensive coordinator Dave Doeren.

MADISON - After getting out of the first week relatively injury free, the University of Wisconsin suffered some key personal losses on Saturday.

Injuring his left foot in the opening quarter against Oregon State and returning to the sidelined heavily bandaged and on crutches in the second half, senior cornerback Devin Smith will be out at least one week, maybe more depending on tests done today, according to head coach Bret Bielema.

Junior Marcus Cromartie stepped in and finished with seven tackles, the same number of career tackles he had entering the game. Cromartie started his first career game last week when Wisconsin opener in its nickel package.

"Devin is a good football player," Bielema said. "He went through a two week window where he was a limited guy, so Cromartie worked with the No.1s and has been our nickel guy."

Sophomore defensive end Pat Muldoon will also be out at least one week with a dislocated right elbow and senior kicker Philip Welch will miss his third consecutive game. In Welch's absence, Welch is 1-for-1 on his field goals and 11-for-12 on extra points.

Also on the injury front, sophomore Travis Frederick, after missing last week's game with a strained MCL, is listed as the co-starter at left guard with sophomore Ryan Groy, who made his first career start on the offensive line last week. Senior linebacker Kevin Claxton is also expected back this week after missing Saturday with a wrist injury.

Additionally, the Big Ten announced Wisconsin's final non-conference game against South Dakota will be at 2:30 p.m. and be televised by the Big Ten Network.

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