Wisconsin Badgers running back Corey Clement’s status for Saturday’s game against Illinois will be determined that morning. Speaking to Jason Galloway of Madison.com, Clement said his availability “can only be determined when I wake up Saturday morning.”
Clement has not played since the season opener due to a sports hernia, which he had surgery to correct late last month. He originally thought it to be a groin issue, but further testing showed a sports hernia and he had the operation in Germany.
The timeline for recovery was four to six weeks, and this weekend will be the four-week mark. The surgeon has said there is no risk of re-injury if Clement opts to play.
Regardless of his decision, there’s no denying that Wisconsin could use Clement back on the field. Backup Dare Ogunbowale has done a decent enough job to the tune of 482 yards and four touchdowns, but has not been a dominant running back a la former Badger Melvin Gordon III.
Thus, though Clement has barely played this year, Wisconsin could definitely use him back in uniform sooner rather than later. He was groomed last year to be Gordon’s successor and had 949 yards and nine touchdowns on just 147 carries, plus 14 catches for 119 yards and two scores.
Campus Sports will update Clement’s availability for Saturday once new reports surface.
Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.
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