Changing things up: A Wisconsin Fan's Perspective On a Most Annoying Injury


This weekend, Wisconsin will play Arizona State. I'll be at that game.

But something's bugging me.

It's that stupid injury to Nick Toon. Why is he out?

I thought Nick Toon was firmly entrenched in Bielema's doghouse when the Badgers lined up for their first series against San Jose State. He didn't play one snap. Not one.

After the game, I heard on the radio that Toon was held out of the game, but he was ready and willing to play.

This week, the injury report lists Nick Toon as out.


What. The. F***.

Nick Toon is going to sit this week for turf toe, which is why he missed the last week.

Turf Toe.

His father, longtime Badger Al Toon, played through concussions, and Nick has been out two weeks for a comparatively minor injury that most premier wideouts would play through.

If Nick Toon was ready to go last week and the staff held him out, the injury (theoretically) should have healed by now. Instead, he's sidelined in the marquee nonconference game for Wisconsin. That is just dumb. He must have some sort of plan to catch 10 passes in every Big Ten game. There's no way Toon even cracks Honorable Mention All-Big Ten with two missed games like this.

In the history of Wisconsin receivers, there have been some very tough players. Al Toon, for one. Brandon Williams. Chris Chambers. Lee Evans. Jonathan Orr. Paul Hubbard. Pat Richter.

Nick Toon, so far, has one good season under his belt: last year, when he caught 54 passes for 808 yards and 4 TDs. This year, he's been a nonfactor for a non-existent injury that I frankly think is complete BS.

Please forgive my frustrations, guys, but I still think turf toe is an injury that would have completely ignored a decade ago. Toon's prima donna-ish attitude is not endearing. I like the fact Wisconsin has a true number one wide receiver, but I hate the fact that a comparatively minor injury is sidelining him.

On the other hand, it sets him up to have an amazing run through Big Ten play...

Or not.

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