Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Jesse Temple of Fox Sports Wisconsin passed along the latest on Konrad Zagzebski's condition:
GA on Zagzebski: "He'll be out there moving around and should be ready to OK, if not this week, for sure after the bye week."— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) September 1, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 31
Wisconsin updated Konrad Zagzebeski's status following his injury on Saturday:
Happy to report that senior DL Konrad Zagzebski has been released from the hospital & will travel home with us on the plane. #Badgers— Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) August 31, 2014
Wisconsin nose guard Konrad Zagzebski suffered what looked to be a head injury during the Badgers' Top-25 clash with LSU on Saturday.
Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal reported that the senior may have been kneed in the head while trying to bring down Tigers running back Kenny Hilliard:
#Badgers players on one knee on field as stretcher brought out for Zagzebski, who may have taken knee to head tackling Hilliard.— Andy Baggot (@AndyBaggotWSJ) August 31, 2014
Zagzebski was then stretchered off the field, per Jim Kleinpeter of The Times-Picayune:
Looks like Zagzebski hurt badly, the stretcher is out, lifting him onto it gingerly.— Jim Kleinpeter (@JimKleinpeter) August 31, 2014
ESPN.com had more details:
The senior had motion in his extremities -- he gave a thumbs-up sign as he was taken off the field -- and ESPN's Todd McShay reported that Zagzebski was accompanied by his father to Methodist Hospital in Houston.
Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has more:
#Badgers DE Zagzebski went to hospital for "precautionary reasons."— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) August 31, 2014
In his first three years at Madison, Zagzebski recorded 25 total tackles, including two tackles for loss. He'd carved out a role on the line at defensive end, but Badgers head coach Gary Andersen decided to move him inside for 2014, per ESPNWisconsin.com's Zach Heilprin:
I don't know if (Zagzebski) really does anything different at the nose guard position, but it's just the natural ability, and where those two kids are sitting in their progression in their college career. It's just the best spot for them to be at this point. (Zagzebski) excited about it.
Zagzebski's absence will leave a hole in the Wisconsin defensive line, but that certainly takes a back seat to his health at the moment. Watching a player carried off on a stretcher is never a good sign.
The team will be hopeful that the he'll make a full return at some point this year.