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Gary Andersen holding six players out of Wisconsin's spring game

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland is one of several players held out from Saturday's spring game. (USATSI)
Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland is one of several players not playing in Saturday's spring game. (USATSI)

Wisconsin has been able to escape spring practice without any major injuries, but first-year Badgers coach Gary Andersen has decided to keep several players on the sideline for Saturday's spring game as a precaution.

Andersen announced Wednesday that linebacker Chris Borland, defensive end Ethan Hemer, safety Dezmen Southward, running back James White, offensive lineman Ryan Groy and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis will not play in the spring game.

Defensive lineman Beau Allen (ankle) and defensive end/outside linebacker Brendan Kelly (hip) have been held out of practices and are also not expected to play in the spring game.

"Hopefully every kid we allow to play will play," Andersen said Wednesday via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Some of the players being held out, like Kelly, are healthy enough to play, particularly in a spring game. But no one is questioning Andersen's caution in rushing players back to full-contact football.

"He is just making sure," Kelly, an agricultural business management major, told the Journal Sentinel. "He protects his assets. I studied this in school. I know this. He is a smart guy."

Wisconsin will hold its spring game Saturday afternoon in Camp Randall Stadium. For more on the Badgers' offseason outlook, check out Tom Fornelli's Spring Practice Primer.

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