Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon (hip flexor) is 'healthy and ready to roll'

Melvin Gordon spent most of the second half on the sideline against LSU. (USATSI)
Melvin Gordon spent most of the second half on the sideline against LSU. (USATSI)

Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen gave more clarity to the status of Melvin Gordon on Monday, telling reporters that the Badgers' star running back suffered a hip flexor against LSU. 

"Melvin had a bit of a hip flexor," Andersen said Monday. "We were trying to be smart with him as the rest of the game went on." 

Conflicting postgame comments Saturday from Gordon, who indicated he could have played more in the second half as the Badgers let a double-digit lead slip away, and Andersen made the running back's health one of the primary stories after the game. Now it seems the two are on the same page, with Andersen confirming an injury and Gordon understanding the coaches' decision.

"My hip injury happened on the last run before halftime," Gordon said Monday. "I was ready to go, but they were looking out for what's best for me." 

The Badgers will look to bounce back against in the home opener against Western Illinois on Saturday. Gordon may not be needed for the fourth quarter in that contest, but he said Monday he is "healthy and ready to roll."

Andersen also confirmed that Tanner McEvoy will start at quarterback for the second straight week, though he reinforced the message that both McEvoy and Joel Stave have "opportunities" to play.

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