Ware to play Saturday

Badgers recoup one of ailing linemen

Kurt Ware, the University of Wisconsin defensive end who missed Saturday's game at North Carolina with a case of the chicken pox, has been cleared to practice and will play Sept. 24 versus Michigan, head coach Barry Alvarez said Monday.

"Kurt Ware's cleared today. He's been cleared for meetings and practice," Alvarez said. "We just have a walk-through tonight but cleared for practice this week, so we will have him back."

Ware, UW's top reserve defensive lineman, was a prominent player in the Badgers' first two games, with six tackles and three sacks.

On UW's official depth chart released Monday, Ware is listed as the second-team left defensive end behind junior Joe Monty.

UW's best defensive end, Jamal Cooper, is expected to undergo an MRI Monday on his injured left knee. Alvarez said after Saturday's game that Cooper probably injured his anterior cruciate ligament when he went down in the second quarter.

True freshman Matt Shaughnessy (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) is listed as the starter at right defensive end, in place of Cooper. Shaughnessy played very well in Cooper's absence at North Carolina. He has four tackles and a sack this season.

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