Chapman nursing injuries

Defensive tackle hoping to make trip to Penn State

Jason Chapman walked out of the University of Wisconsin football team's locker room Wednesday evening with the knowledge that his injured ankle was at or near full strength.

If not for the large bag of ice wrapped around his left elbow, Chapman would be certain of his status this week, as the Badgers gear up for a high-profile showdown at Penn State.

"I should be (traveling to Penn State) if this pulls through," Chapman said, referring to his elbow.

"I feel good with the ankle injury and all," he said.

During Wednesday's practice, Chapman said, his left arm, "just got caught between a guard and tackle and my arm went in an awkward direction. It's hurting real bad right now."

Just as his ankle was getting back to full strength, Chapman has this new injury to worry about.

"I've got the worst case of bad luck right now," he said.

The Badgers' injury news has been fairly positive of late. Linebacker Mark Zalewski is expected to return to the starting lineup this week. Defensive tackle Justin Ostrowski, though likely still limited, should be able to suit up this week for the only the second time all season.

Chapman, a redshirt freshman, started UW's first seven games in place of Ostrowski, who suffered a knee injury early in fall training camp. Chapman injured his ankle in Wisconsin's win at Minnesota Oct. 15 and was out of the lineup the following week against Purdue. Last week at Illinois he played 15 snaps, rotating in at nose guard on the Badgers "33" defense and at tackle in the base defense.

"I was feeling great, really," Chapman said. "I could have went a lot more (snaps) but that's up to coach."

If his left elbow responds to treatment this week, Chapman expects to be a regular part of the Badgers' rotation.

UW will need every snap it can get out of Chapman and Ostrowski, who has played less than 20 plays this season. Penn State's running game is averaging 216.1 yards per contest behind a veteran offensive line. And the Badgers will be challenged to put pressure on Lion quarterback Michael Robinson.


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