UW football: Abbrederis set to return this week; Konz out 2-4 weeks

2011-11-14T12:37:00Z 2011-11-14T13:56:46Z UW football: Abbrederis set to return this week; Konz out 2-4 weeksADAM MERTZ | adam.mertz@madison.com | 608-252-6474 | Twitter: @AdamMertzWSJ madison.com

Jared Abbrederis, who has emerged as a solid No. 2 receiver and a dynamic kick returner, will be ready to play this week for the University of Wisconsin football team, coach Bret Bielema said Monday at his weekly press conference.

The walk-on from Wautoma left Saturday's 42-13 victory at Minnesota with an unspecified left shoulder injury. X-rays proved negative and Bielema said Abbrederis is on track to return to practice later this week and play at Illinois at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Abbrederis has nearly matched top receiving threat Nick Toon in terms of production, with 40 receptions for 641 yards and five touchdowns, placing him in the Top 10 in the Big Ten in all three categories.

He is averaging 16.9 yards per punt return -- tops in the Big Ten and No. 2 nationally -- and 23.0 yards on kickoff returns, which ranks No. 6 in the league.

In other injury news, center Peter Konz, whose mobility has added an extra dimension to the Badgers' running game, will miss 2-4 weeks after his left ankle was dislocated during the game against the Gophers.

Former Middleton athlete Ryan Groy was named the starter in Konz's absence. Groy has appeared in all 23 games over the past two seasons at various line positions and in the goal-line offense at fullback, and made his first start Sept. 10 at left guard against Oregon State.

Konz's injury did not require surgery, Bielema said, and there is no structural damage. As such, Bielema hinted that Konz may be able to return for the inaugural Big Ten championship game on Dec. 3, should the Badgers qualify; a more likely scenario is whatever bowl game that invites Wisconsin.

Wisconsin (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) controls its destiny in the Leaders Division race. The Badgers can secure a berth in the title game with victories at Illinois and against Penn State on Nov. 26 at Camp Randall Stadium.

That game has been slated for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on either ABC or ESPN.

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