Badgers lose D-lineman Warren Herring to right knee surgery

Badgers lose D-lineman Warren Herring to right knee surgery
September 3, 2014, 7:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The bad news keeps coming for the Badgers.

In another case of saying something and having it be incorrect a couple days later, Wisconsin lost defensive lineman Warren Herring to right knee surgery Wednesday. He's expected to miss the next four to six weeks. This only two days after head coach Gary Andersen said he expected Herring to be back shortly.

Herring was one of two starting defensive lineman injured during the Badgers' season-opening loss to LSU. Fortunately for Wisconsin, fellow injured lineman Konrad Zagzebski — who was taken to the hospital that night — is likely to play this Saturday against Western Illinois.

Herring, a redshirt senior, had six tackles for loss and four sacks last season. He's a Fairview Heights, Ill., native and attended Belleville East High School.

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It was also learned Wednesday that starting full back Derek Watt had surgery on his foot and will miss roughly eight weeks.

All this after Tuesday's mess involving backup quarterback Joel Stave, where Andersen originally announced an injury only for the quarterback to contradict it hours later. That followed confusion surrounding the health of star running back Melvin Gordon, with there seemingly being no injury in the wake of Saturday's loss only for Andersen to mention a hip flexor injury on Monday.

The Badgers could use some positive news, and they should get it when going up against Western Illinois. But it's been a rough week to say the least.