Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema said Monday that quarterback Joel Stave’s injury was revealed to be a broken collarbone. He suffered the injury on Saturday after being sacked by William Gholston of the Michigan State Spartans early in the second half. The injury will likely sideline Stave for the rest of the season. Bielema said there would be an outside shot that Stave could play in a bowl game, but that possibility is doubtful.
Danny O’Brien replaced Stave after he went down, but the team managed only 29 yards of total offense for the rest of the game. O’Brien had started the season as the Badgers quarterback, but was replaced by Stave earlier this year when the offense sputtered.
The Badgers have a bye this week, so there is some time to figure things out. Bielema said senior Curt Phillips and O’Brien will share reps over the next two weeks to figure out a starter. Whoever gets the nod at quarterback should have the benefit of a healthier offensive line. Left tackle Ricky Wagner, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, should be ready to go. This would also allow Ryan Groy to move back to guard.
Wisconsin has struggled this season in the passing game even with Stave at the helm. They have not been able to average 200 passing yards per game and sit 107th in the nation in that category.
The good news is that the Badgers expect Stave to be ready for spring ball and he still has three years of eligibility remaining.
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