Wisconsin LB Cichy tears ACL, out for season

Cichy has torn ACL will miss 2017 season

Wisconsin senior inside linebacker Jack Cichy will miss the 2017 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice on Tuesday. He missed seven games in the 2016 season with a torn pectoral.

Wisconsin kicks off the 2017 season at home on September 1 against Utah St.

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst added: "We're most disappointed for Jack, but if you know him you know there's a lot to him".

Cichy's spot on the inside figures to be filled by Chris Orr, who is coming off an injury that cost him nearly all of last season.

Cichy was voted team captain this season along with Michael Deiter, D'Cota Dixon, Troy Fumagalli and Conor Sheehy. He's more than capable to take over as the starter and don't be surprised to see the defense not miss a step in Cichy's absence.

At inside linebacker, T.J. Edwards is still back as a junior starter and fellow junior Ryan Connelly will likely take Cichy's place.

The previous season, the Somerset, Wi. native finished with 60 stops, eight tackles for loss, five sacks and four passes defended.

The senior linebacker redshirted in 2014, so he has already used up his eligibility, but he's likely to apply, and be granted, a medical redshirt. He was named to the watch list for the 2017 Bednarik Award, which is given out to the best defensive player in the nation.

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