Medical report: Stanley suffers turf toe

Badgers will take wait-and-see attitude with trio of injured tailbacks

The status report on Anthony Davis remains probable for next week's game at Illinois. The Badgers' offense, which was saved by its starting fullback Saturday, could certainly use its best player, who had an MRI on his injured eye Friday.

"I do know a little more but I'll found out even more Monday. I think Anthony has a chance to be back this week," Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez said. "I haven't gotten 100 percent release on that but I think things look positive and he has a good chance to get back this week."

Booker Stanley started in place of Davis for the third consecutive game Saturday but missed the second half with a turf toe injury. True freshman Jamil Walker also missed the second half due to a shoulder injury.

"Booker had a turf toe, went into the game with it, aggravated it, really couldn't protect himself. Jamil re-injured his shoulder and it was iffy whether he could play, he was limited in what he could," Alvarez said.

Stanley ran for nine yards on 10 carries prior to the injury, Walker managed 13 yards on three attempts.

In their absence, fullback Matt Bernstein moved to tailback and ran for 120 yards on 26 carries in the second half, finishing with 123 yards on 27 attempts. Junior Greg Root, who, like Bernstein, checks in at 270 pounds, filled in at fullback.

"We told Bernie at half that we were going to play him at tailback," Alvarez said. "I thought he really brought a lot of personality and punch to the offense. With the type of game it was, we really rode him. I was very pleased."

With Davis, Stanley and Walker all ailed there is a possibility that Bernstein will have to be relied upon again next week, when Wisconsin takes on Illinois.

"Well, we'll have to see where we are health-wise," Alvarez said. "I can't answer that right now. We'll have to see how our guys heal up."

In additional injury-related news, will linebackers LaMarr Watkins and Jammar Crane and cornerback Levonne Rowan did not suit up Saturday.

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