MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) This was supposed to be the season in which Corey Clement created his own legacy at Wisconsin.
Instead, the junior running back will spend the majority of it on the sidelines.
Clement will need surgery to repair a sports hernia and will be out anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.
Clement has already missed the past two games after playing sparingly against Alabama in the opener.
He initially felt discomfort before the Alabama game.
He was hoping to return this week but decided to go the surgery route when the pain didn't go away.
"Me being so hard-headed, I just tried to give it what I could do. I'm sure my teammates respected it but at the end result, I should have just been smart and just played it safe and probably sat out and gotten it done way before this. It was very frustrating hearing the news, knowing the possibility what this recovery time is, knowing that you could still run after it, why not take your chances, be happy with it. There's people that do have it worse than me. Some people probably can't even play any more," Clement said.
Clement is leaving open the possibility of taking a medical redshirt and sitting out the rest of the season if his recovery or the season doesn't go as well as hoped.