Wisconsin Badgers inside linebacker Jack Cichy will miss the 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL during practice on Tuesday.
According to the team, Cichy returned to practice on Wednesday after going through an initial examination by the medical staff. However, an MRI taken later that day revealed the torn knee ligament and Cichy is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday.
“It goes without saying, the biggest thing you feel right now is for Jack,” head coach Paul Chryst said after practice Thursday. “For him to lose this opportunity, that is where your heart goes right now.”
Cichy, a redshirt senior, had been working with T.J. Edwards on the first team during preseason camp. He was named All-Big Ten honorable mention last season despite missing the final seven games with a torn pectoral muscle, finishing with 60 tackles.
Cichy redshirted in 2014 after playing sparingly the season before. He started four of 13 games in 2015 before starting the first seven games last season prior to his injury. Cichy could appeal to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility if he chooses.
A message from Cinchy posted on the Wisconsin football team’s Twitter account that while he faces an uncertain future, he intends to return to football.
“From walk-on to captain, it’s been an unreal experience. I don’t know exactly what’s in store next, but I know I’m not done with football. … We’re gonna keep fighting and we have a helluva season coming.”
Chris Orr, who is coming off a season-ending knee injury last season, worked alongside Edwards with the first team on Thursday. The second team consisted of junior Arrington Farrar and redshirt freshman Mike Maskalunas, a walk-on.