Wisconsin RB Clay questionable for tilt against Indiana

It’s a good thing Wisconsin has such a deep backfield. The Badgers may need to employ all of their options this week.

Head coach Bret Bielema said Monday that running back John Clay is questionable for Saturday’s game against Indiana with a sprained right knee despite tests coming back negative following a 21-point win over Purdue.

John ClayICONWisconsin RB John Clay is questionable for the game against Indiana.

Wisconsin already dealt with the absence of freshman standout James White, who hurt his knee two weeks ago against Iowa, and had to lean on Montee Ball to help get the offense moving after a sluggish start against the Boilermakers. The third-stringer finished with 127 yards and two second-half touchdowns.

“He was actually trying to get back in the ball game there late, but [we] just didn't feel where he was at that we needed to do that,” Bielema said of Clay on Monday.

White should be able to play against the Hoosiers, but Clay’s status was uncertain.

“We'll see exactly where he's at as the week moves through,” Bielema said. “He did have a slight MCL sprain, so he just basically, the MRIs came back and didn't even look as bad as possibly James' from a week ago, so there is a chance for him this week.”

Clay has rushed for 929 yards and 13 touchdowns this season after winning last year’s Big Ten offensive player of the year award. But the emergence of White has taken some of the load off of Clay, which had arguably made him even more effective before the injury. But with both backs being banged up recently, Ball’s stellar play has kept the ground game churning out yards.

But will the wear and tear eventually take its toll on the entire backfield as the Badgers fight for a Big Ten championship?

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