Wisconsin Badgers running back Corey Clement will have surgery to repair a sports hernia and will be out the next four to six weeks, head coach Paul Chryst announced today. Chryst’s announcement was reported on the football program’s official Twitter page.
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“Corey has been dealing with some issues since before the Alabama game,” Chrys said. “He has been undergoing treatment since that time and has seen some progress but not to the point where our medical staff is satisfied. So after the consultation with our medical staff, Corey has decided to have surgery for a sports hernia.
“I feel bad for Corey that this is impacting his season because I know how hard he works and how important this football team is to him. We are very confident that he will make a full recovery after the surgery and I know he will attack his rehab so he can get back on the field as soon as he can.”
Thus bursts the bubble from earlier today, when Badgers running backs coach John Settle expressed hope that Clement would be back in two weeks for the team’s first conference game against Iowa. Instead, Clement will miss an extended period of time and instead of breaking out, this is looking like a lost season. As a backup last year, Clement rushed for 949 yards and nine touchdowns, but was limited to 16 yards on eight carries in just one game this season.
Campus Sports will update Clement’s recovery as any new information becomes available.
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