Davis just needs a little time

Wisconsin coach expects star tailback to return to full health soon

Anthony Davis' injured quadriceps should be back to full strength soon, Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said Tuesday. Davis initially injured his leg in the second quarter of the Badgers' win at Purdue and has not been completely healthy since. He did not play in the Badgers' 30-7 loss to Iowa Saturday.

Davis, though, is expected to be ready to go when Wisconsin commences practice Dec. 4 in preparation for the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl. The Badgers have this week off and will do conditioning work for four days next week.

"I would guess that this week and then the following week before we start practice, that should have enough time to let that strain heal and get stronger," Alvarez said.

Davis missed the second half of the Purdue game Oct. 16 but played through the injury for the next three games before sitting out Saturday. Davis was able to recuperate during the Badgers' bye week prior to facing Minnesota but re-aggravated the injury in that game.

"If you go back to that Minnesota game that safety caught him by the ankle and there had to be 10 different times where he drug him and it just put more of a strain on it," Alvarez said. "And in the Michigan State game when he broke the long run you could see he couldn't open up and run. Then it got to the point where he couldn't even push off. I just think that's a matter of time. If we played this Saturday I think he'd be ready to go."

Davis missed 3 ½ games earlier this season after suffering an eye injury before halftime of the Badgers' season opener. In about six games worth of action this season, he ran for 894 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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