MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- As first reported Saturday night on WKOW.com, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is out for the season with a broken collarbone.
Stave's family tells 27 Sports this is the third time he's broken his collarbone. They say he does not need surgery but that he will not return to the team until next spring.
Without Stave in the mix, there is cause for concern regarding the Badgers' offense going forward. Backup quarterback Danny O'Brien was less than effective in Saturday's overtime loss to Michigan State, completing just 5 of 11 pass attempts for 44 yards. He also was sacked three times for a loss of 32 yards.
The future at quarterback is a big question mark for the Badgers, but as for their season? That's still intact.
"I think this group, after everything we went through earlier in the year, really felt like they were on a mission to get to a special place and those things are still in front of us. I think all the options we had before today are still there, as far as getting to where we want to be. We just like winning," UW coach Bret Bielema said.
Wisconsin still leads all bowl-eligible teams in the Leaders Division, so it all comes down to the Badgers' next game at Indiana. If Wisconsin wins that game, it will clinch a trip to the Big Ten Championship on Dec. 1.
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