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Wisconsin Badgers Football: Backup QB Curt Phillips Possibly Out Until 2011

Sam OlesonCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2010

 

As Wisconsin's top backup as a redshirt freshman last year, sophomore quarterback Curt Phillips was supposed to get another year of experience backing up Scott Tolzien in 2010 before taking over the starting role in 2011.

That all changed earlier today.

On Tuesday, Badger head coach Bret Bielema confirmed that Phillips suffered an ACL tear in his right knee during a scrimmage on Saturday.

Because Phillips has already redshirted, he isn't able to receive a medical redshirt next year and would only be eligible for one if he suffered another significant injury in the future.

After showing some promise in limited playing time last season, Phillips was expected see mop-up duty in 2010 in preparation for taking the reigns in 2011.

However, with the injury Phillips will be forced to compete for the starting job in 2011 after a year off.

Therefore, unless Tolzien suffers a serious injury next year, Phillips' injury shouldn't hurt 2010's team significantly. However, it certainly hurts Phillips' career and could potentially damage Wisconsin's 2011 team.

Bielema did indicate that Phillips could potentially be ready by some point next season, but it's "really up in the air."

Typically, recovery from surgery and rehabilitation for an ACL tear takes six months, meaning that, at the earliest, Phillips could be ready by late September.

The injury moves No. 3 quarterback, Jon Budmayr, up to the No. 2 spot. Budmayr will be a redshirt freshman next year.

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