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Wisconsin loses its best tackler for the season, linebacker Mike Taylor

Wisconsin has lost its best tackler for the season.

Linebacker Mike Taylor tore an ACL ligament in his right knee in last Saturday's home loss to Iowa.

Taylor, a red-shirt freshman, was the Badgers' leading tackler going into that contest with 43 total tackles and 20 solo tackles. He was second on the team in tackles for losses with 6.5.

Coach Bret Bielema says it's a big loss.

Taylor will have surgery in the next two weeks. He's expected to return for next summer's workouts with three years of eligibility left.

Freshman Chris Borland is expected to move into Taylor's spot for the Badgers' next game against Purdue on Oct. 31 in Madison.

The Badgers are on their bye week, and they practiced Tuesday.

Running back John Clay sat out with an ankle injury, and tight end Garrett Graham was still out with a concussion.

But both had been medically cleared for practice.