Starting running back Corey Clement will miss four to six weeks for No. 22 Wisconsin to have sports hernia surgery.
It's a blow to the running game for the Badgers (2-1), who are off to an inconsistent start on the ground because of Clement's absence along with injuries and new faces to the right side of the offensive line.
Clement was the backup to Heisman Trophy runner-up Melvin Gordon last year. He was expected to ascend to the starring role in the Wisconsin backfield.
Clement got hurt the week of the season opener against Alabama. He played sparingly against the Crimson Tide before missing the following two games for the Badgers.
Coach Paul Chryst said Thursday that Clement was expected to make a full recovery.
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