Ware does not expect limitations

Sophomore defensive end, the Badgers' co-leader in sacks, feels fine despite bout with chicken pox

MADISON—Kurt Ware is not feeling under the weather and will not be limited this week by the chicken pox that kept him out of the University of Wisconsin football team's 14-5 win at North Carolina last Saturday night.

In fact, Ware, a sophomore defensive end, said he felt fine physically all of last week, but that he was not allowed to go on the trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., for fear that he could infect one of his teammates, or one of the Tar Heels.

Ware was diagnosed Friday and told he could not travel with the team. But he was cleared to practice Monday because he was no longer considered contagious, though Ware said he was held out of class this week as a precautionary measure to protect his fellow students.

"He hasn't had any limitations in practice from the illness," defensive line coach John Palermo said. "He's actually practiced pretty good. He's gimping around a little bit too so I don't know, we'll just have to see on Saturday."

"He'll put me in when he needs to," Ware said of Palermo. "I think I'll be good."

Ware had three sacks in the Badgers' first two games, tying him with defensive tackle Nick Hayden for the team lead this season. But Ware had to watch Saturday night's game on television. During the second quarter of that contest, sophomore defensive end Jamal Cooper went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, leaving UW without the services of three of its top six defensive linemen. Sophomore tackle Justin Ostrowski has been out indefinitely with a knee injury since early in fall training camp.

Despite the injuries, UW's defensive line played well, with Hayden, tackle Jason Chapman, end Joe Monty and true freshman end Matt Shaughnessy taking the lion's share of the workload.

"They played a pretty good game," Ware said of his teammates. "They picked up other people's slack (when) people went down. I was very impressed. (North Carolina) only put up three points and then a safety. I was very happy with their performance."


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