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UPDATE: Coach Bielema confirms QB Joel Stave out for the season

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema confirms that Badgers starting quarterback Joel Stave is out for the season with a broken left clavicle. Stave will not need surgery, but it's an injury that requires eight weeks of recovery time. Bielema said their is an "outside chance" Stave could return for postseason play. The team expects him to be recovered in time for spring ball.

Stave was sacked on the first play of the second half in Saturday's game against Michigan State. He landed hard on his left shoulder and did not return into the game.

"Joel was very upset," Bielema said. "It wasn't so much he was in pain. He was upset that he knew something was severely wrong and he was going to miss some time. Statistically he had gotten better every week, and it's a shame. We were on a path that was very, very good. But I think we'll react in a very positive way."

Wisconsin has a bye week this week, as the team decides whether to go with Danny O'Brien or Curt Phillips at QB moving forward.


MADISON (WKOW) -- According to sources close to Joel Stave, the UW quarterback is out for the season with a broken collarbone. 

The injury occurred on the first play from scrimmage in the 3rd quarter of the Badgers loss to Michigan State.  

This is apparently the third time Stave has broken his collarbone. He won't have surgery but expects to return for spring ball next year. According to the source, there was a possibility of Stave returning in time for a bowl game but doctors don't think it's worth the risk. 

The University of Wisconsin has not confirmed Stave's season ending injury yet.

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