MADISON – Once a position with immense depth, Wisconsin are being tested with its depth at inside linebacker.
With 13-game 2015 starter T.J. Edwards still working his way back from a broken left foot, Wisconsin announced Monday that sophomore Chris Orr will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right ACL.
Orr was injured on the first play of Saturday’s season opener against LSU. On a run play to the left side, Orr was blocked by fullback J.D. Moore and his right knee made contact with the turf first. He was unable to put weight on his leg as he left the field.
"He's disappointed, but his mom and dad, brothers, raised him right," head coach Paul Chryst said during his Monday press conference. "He's got the right perspective on it."
Orr played in 10 games with six starts at inside linebacker last season as a true freshman, registered 46 total tackles, ranking sixth on team, including 2.0 TFLs and 0.5 sack.
Redshirt sophomore Ryan Connelly filled in admirably for Orr, registering seven tackles that included a handful of key solo stops against LSU junior tailback Leonard Fournette to prevent big gains.
Edwards, who led UW in tackles last season with 84 tackles, returned to practice last week. He is listed as questionable on UW's weekly injury report.
"Chris is a really good football player for us, and guys have to step up and step in," Chryst said. "T.J., we'll have to see what he can do. I don't know this week, next week, the week after (when he'll play), but at least we know he's coming back. I don't know at what pace. Ryan stepped in and he'll have to take on a bigger load (Jack Cichy) the same. We'll practice it and see, but guys got to step up now."