Notebook: Shaughnessy's status uncertain

Starting defensive end suffered knee injury in loss to Iowa

Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy's status is uncertain for the rest of the University of Wisconsin football team's season after he injured his right knee early in the third quarter of the Badgers' 20-10 loss to Iowa Saturday.

"I do not know Matt's status other than the last I heard it was an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and an MCL (medial collateral ligament) and that's all I heard," defensive line coach John Palermo said Tuesday. "And I have no verification on that whatsoever."

A true freshman forced into the starting lineup due to injuries, Shaughnessy had been a stabilizing force on the Badgers' defensive line and one of UW's best players this season.

Time for a break

After playing 11 consecutive weeks, Wisconsin (8-3 overall) finally has a reprieve before traveling to face Hawaii Nov. 25. Players were given Sunday through Wednesday off.

"Seven coaches are on the road recruiting," co-offensive coordinator Brian White said on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday. "The rest of us are in breaking down Hawaii. We'll start practice on Thursday."

The Badgers will practice in Madison Thursday through Monday, before flying to Hawaii Tuesday morning.

White and Palermo are the assistant coaches currently in Madison, while the rest of the staff is out recruiting.

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