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UPDATE: Badgers QB Joel Stave not injured after all, not participating in team drills

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Tuesday was a certainly a strange one involving the Badger football team. The day started when media members were emailed a statement from Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen, updating the status of quarterback Joel Stave. The first line of the release said "Wisconsin junior quarterback Joel Stave and freshman tight end T.J. Watt will both miss time due to injuries, UW head coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday." A statement from Andersen followed saying that “Joel has been dealing with some issues with his throwing shoulder," and that "after talking with Joel, that the best thing for him right now is to shut it down and give him some rest."

A few hours passed and media members showed up to practice to interview players. The media was then approached by Andersen who said Stave actually had not suffered an "injury" after all.

“Injured is probably a bad word that I decided to use in the press release. He needs to just get himself. Is he injured? No. Is he ready to play right now? No."

Andersen said Stave just is "not where he needs to be." Stave did not participate in team drills in practice on Tuesday, which was a decision agreed upon by Stave and the coaches.

Stave was then made available to the media, and that didn't make things much clearer. Stave said he's not dealing with any pain in his shoulder, like he did during spring practice. He also said whatever he's dealing with is not a confidence issue, the ball's just not coming out the way it should.

'In this last week I haven't thrown it the way that I'm used to or the way that I'd like to," Stave said. That's when you kind of start to think a little bit. You just got to relax and play the game the way you know you can. It's not a lack of confidence, a lack of preparation or anything like that. It's just getting back to feeling comfortable and feeling like the ball's coming out the way it should."

As far as a timetable for Stave's return to full participation in practice, he said it could be as soon as Wednesday.

Andersen meanwhile has elevated Bart Houston to the back-up quarterback position and said if Tanner McEvoy had been injured last Saturday against LSU it would have been Houston going in, in relief, not Stave.


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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin junior quarterback Joel Stave and freshman tight end T.J. Watt will both miss time due to injuries, UW head coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday.

 
“T.J. suffered a right knee injury during camp which required surgery,” Andersen said. “He will miss an extended amount of time but we hope to have him back on the practice field at some point during the conference season.
 
“Joel has been dealing with some issues with his throwing shoulder for the last couple of weeks and we have come to a decision, after talking with Joel, that the best thing for him right now is to shut it down and give him some rest. It was a tough decision because Joel is a great competitor and has a tremendous desire to help this team. We will continue to monitor his progress but we're not putting a timetable on his return at this time.”
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