It looks like the University of Wisconsin football team will be close to full strength for the game at Purdue on Saturday.

 The two players whose status remains up in the air are tight end Lance Kendricks (ankle) and running back James White, although head coach Bret Bielema had positive updates on both players on Monday.

 Kendricks suffered what looked like an ugly ankle sprain when he got rolled up from behind while blocking on the kickoff return team in the last game against Iowa a week ago Saturday. He is expected to practice on a limited basis on Tuesday.

 "He's a guy, if I'm betting on him playing, I'd bet he'd be out there," Bielema said. "But (he) hasn't been through a full-speed practice yet. I was actually very happy where his injury was at. When you saw it on film, it wasn't pretty. He had an ankle sprain that should be back."

 White suffered a sprained knee against Iowa and didn't do much last week. He will also be limited on Tuesday, but Bielema didn't rule out the freshman from playing this week.

 "He was really sore last week," Bielema said. "Once he got the assurance there was a minimal amount of damage, it'll heal pretty quickly. He has come back fast. Saw him run around on Sunday. He won't be full speed on Tuesday but, hopefully, will by the end of the week."

 The other injured players should mostly be ready to go by practice on Tuesday. That includes center Peter Konz, who missed the second half of the Iowa game with an ankle injury. He will be full go this week, Bielema said.

 The same with wide receiver Nick Toon, who sat out the last game with a thigh contusion. Toon went through pregame warmups and probably could have played against the Hawkeyes, but the coaches were concerned about the limited work he got in practice during the week. He went through practice last Thursday and Friday, without any apparent problems.

 On defense, Bielema said linebacker Mike Taylor basically played on "half a leg" in the last game, Several of the linebackers were given time off last week to heal and Taylor should be fine this week.

 Bielema didn't mention any other players on defense. Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge on Sunday described defensive tackle Jordan Kohout, who missed the Iowa game with an ankle injury, as "probable" this week.

 As for the mental state of his players, Bielema admitted they were "physically and emotionally ... very spent" after the last two games. But after getting Sunday and Monday off a week ago, he said they bounced back quickly.

 The Badgers actually had two bye weeks last season and played solid games following both of them. They defeated Purdue 37-0 after the first one, then knocked off Hawaii 51-10 after the second one. If you include the Champs Sports Bowl -- a 24-14 victory over Miami -- UW played well in all three games last season after breaks.

 "I reminded those guys of the schedule and why we needed to do it that way, because to me, the very important thing is to stay fresh, to be clean," Bielema said. "Idle time is sometimes a time where coaches can get overly creative and do things that are out of their norm. (The key is) just to stick to the plan and I think that's what we'll do."

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