Wisconsin will be a bit shorthanded at linebacker for its season opener. Moments ago, star linebacker Leo Chenal announced on Instagram that he will not be able to suit up for the Badgers this Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately, Chenal has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, he’ll miss the next two games for the Badgers.
“To all my friends and family, I have tested positive for Covid and will miss the next two games,” Chenal wrote. “That aside, I am excited to see the boys kill it today!”
Last season, Chenal had 46 total tackles, three sacks and an interception. It’ll be tough for Wisconsin to replace that type of production on short notice.
Wisconsin starting inside linebacker Leo Chenal announces on his Instagram page that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Badgers’ next two games. Big blow for Wisconsin’s defense. pic.twitter.com/nNy4vpGMiw
— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) September 4, 2021
Redshirt sophomore Tatum Grass might have to take Chenal’s place in the starting lineup for Wisconsin.
Losing a premier playmaker like Chenal wouldn’t sting as much if Wisconsin was playing a subpar opponent. That won’t be the case this afternoon, as Paul Chryst’s squad will take on Penn State.
Now that Chenal is officially out for today’s game, Penn State might try to exploit the middle of Wisconsin’s defense. After all, the Nittany Lions would be wise to test Grass and see if he can handle an extended role at linebacker.
The Penn State-Wisconsin game will kick off at 12 p.m. ET on FOX.
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